2015 is fast approaching and who knows what the upcoming year is going to be bringing as such, we take a close look at some of the most prevalent graphic trends that made their way to our screens this year.
1. Flat design
This year, there was no room for visual ambiguity and hitches in communication. The flat design has permeated a world of websites and apps, and it is plain to see that shades, bevelled edges, and reflections are now considered a throwback. Skeuomorphism has been thrown out the window as perhaps it has been assumed that the digital era has been around long enough for people to know that the radio on their device is not actually a real radio. Enough said.
2. 3D printing
2014 also saw the ever-increasing pervasiveness of 3D printing. That said, it is safe to say that the concept of creating dimension has not entirely been discounted despite the rise of flat design. Because more user friendly systems have been developed as of late, a growing number of graphic designers have gotten on board with 3D design and 3D printed typography. Something tells us that this is a trend that is going to carry over even to next year. From storefronts to cinema listings to book covers, it is interesting to see what else can be printed with the use of 3D technology as it continues to progress.
3. Offline manifestations
These days, the graphic design industry is no longer confined to gadgets and devices, its results have also made their way to public spaces and advertising boards in cities, towns, and entire countries. The digital world has truly invaded almost every aspect of our lives not just on paper, but in the real world as well.
Despite the ability that technology affords us of being able to remove all of our flaws with one flick of a finger, it is ironic that nowadays, it has now become commonplace to display things as they are. It is likely that this is due to the emotional response that it manages to elicit from audiences and consumers. People want to be able to identify with what they see on screen and this year, graphic designers gave them exactly that.
5. Quirky Typography
There is no shortage to the number of fonts that graphic designers can choose from these days and perhaps that is why there has been a rise in the popularity of creating unique fonts that will stand out.