2018 is guaranteed to be the year of risks.
Every New Year’s eve we say to ourselves I want to push myself out of my comfort zone more often, or I want to say yes to more opportunities. Come mid January, usually we haven’t taken any of these risks, just because.
This year, if you want to stand out from your competitors, you’re going to have to take risks. Whether that be in your personal life or in your business, more and more things are competing for the audience’s attention. So if you want to stay on top of your game, you’ll need a few tips from us.
This year’s graphic design trends are all about maximum exposure. They incorporate colour, shapes, size and details — a complete opposite to last year’s trends of minimalism and negative space.
So if you want to stand out, you’ve got to take the risks. Here’s how our designers can help you do that with their 2018 predictions for graphic design trends:
1. Bold fonts
Last year, it was all about minimalism and hand drawn graphics. This year we switch to the opposite and embrace bold and dominate fonts. Bold fonts allow your products to leap up at the audience and capture their attention.
2. One colour
It may sound simple, but it is very effective. Using the same background colour as the product makes the product stand out, as its 3D effect gives it volume. Brands can also exemplify its iconic colours, such as Vegemite and its association with yellow.
3. Multi-colour pops
As you can tell, colour will be a running theme in 2018. Last year was all about the crisp negative white. This year we see brands branching out into multiple vibrant colours schemes instead of just one, to help them stand out amongst a sea of competition.
4. Custom illustration design
Stock imagery is a thing of the past, with brands in 2018 predicted to use custom illustration more. Custom illustration adds personality to a brand or product through visual language.
5. Isometric design
In 2018 graphic design is rebelling against its boring flat design parents, and running away to be with its funky new boyfriend, isometric design. The techy explanation behind isometric design is that it is a way to visually represent three-dimensional objects in two dimensions. If that makes no sense, it’s basically a way to add 3D-looking, interesting imagery to your design.
Because, more is more. Like we said, colour is in this season. You know those prints that are so garish they appear ugly, but after deep consideration you come to think of them as quite beautiful? Fashion has been doing it for years, now graphic designers are taking note. Colour and detail will be maximised and eccentricity will replace flat tones.
7. Retro modern
Moving away from ultra flat designs, geometric throwbacks to the past decades will reappear this year. We know by now that previous decades fashions always come back into popularity (jelly sandals, anyone?). 2018 will see retro become modern again, with modern sleek lines meeting throwback colours and patterns from the 80s and 90s.
8. Detailed vintage
Retro design was on our list last year for 2017 trends. This year retro has morphed into vintage and it’s not going anywhere in 2018. Vintage design will continue to increase in popularity, with highly detailed vintage taking the new crown. Vintage offers classic design aesthetics giving a hand crafted, wholesome feeling.
Are you ready to get started?
We hope our predictions gives you some ideas for your next design project. We’ll be working with our clients on these design styles and more throughout 2018; if you need help with your label or packaging design, contact us to get started. Happy New Year!