Some Design Trends of 2016

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Geometric Shapes

In rare and beautiful occasions, geometric shapes can occur naturally, for example in the form of snowflakes, crystals and diamonds. Geometric shapes can be used to build a visual identity, and they’re becoming more and more common in web design due to their low-bandwidth consumption in comparison to heavy photos, which are usually more detailed and take longer to download. Above work is by: Vivek Venkatraman.

Negative Space

Negative and/or white space is an essential part of any good design. But used strategically, negative space can be a clever way to add deeper or double meaning to your designs, particularly for logo and branding projects. Or it can simply help give your composition a more minimal look.

In this design for a restaurant called “The Swan & Mallard,” John Randall has creatively managed to fit a swan, a mallard duck, and an ampersand all into one logo though the interaction of positive and negative space.

Modular Layouts

Modular or card-based layouts have been adopted by some of the biggest brands for their websites and mobile apps. But organizing designs (of all mediums) according to a grid is nothing new.

It’s the self-contained modules or cards used as the primary organizational principle that has created the twist of a new trend.

This website layout from Balraj Chana fully embraces that trend, including card-style graphics and navigation in multiple configurations.

Dramatic Typography

According to this trend, typography isn’t just for reading—it’s for making a statement. Look out for big, bold type that’s the center of attention. You can create drama through size, but also through color, texture, or arrangement.

SNASK’s design may use all those qualities and more for its loud and lively typography. The agency handcrafted a series of letters to create the cover art for a magazine.

 

 

 

 

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