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Design trends...Where is it going next?

Discussion in 'Logo Design & Brand Identity Forum:' started by Ritchie, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. Ritchie

    Ritchie New Member

    Is all design looking the same to you? Are you following graphic design trends? Are you getting bored with using the same techniuqes? Is it just me or are vector graphics everywhere?
    Vector graphics have always been popular but never so much as over the last few years, they are everywhere you look. Media of every kind seem to be saturated with this style.
    To name a few examples

    flourishes & ornaments
    leaves, stems and vines decoration
    background rays of light
    silhouettes of people and other objects
    smoky effects
    ink splatters
    overlapping or concentric circles of colour
    shinny web buttons
    Circular beveled logos
    So why is this style of design so popular and why is it still going so strongly? Is it because it’s so funky and youthful and never fails capture the hearts of a new generation of designers?
    Is it just because no one has managed to develop the trend? And does anyone know where will it go next?
    Ritche Stewart
  2. I want to say Spam...
  3. matt

    matt Member

    This chap is obviously researching a thesis or article. And he's obviously been looking at a pretty narrow selection of graphic design recently
  4. I guess i'm just getting cynical in my age :lol:
  5. berry

    berry Active Member

    The increase of cheap accessible vector graphics from photo libraries has spawned a style of design. This off the shelf trend creates instant design without depth. We exist in a 'pic and mix' design society where original thought and effort is generally not cost effective or effecient. Therefore we buy ready made and mix it up, it is led by the economic feasibilty. Pic and Mix and Templates. A sad reality but true.
  6. jHouse

    jHouse Senior Member

    I reckon we'll see a lot more serif.....
  7. berry

    berry Active Member

    great.. I love serif
  8. rossnorthernunion

    rossnorthernunion Senior Member

    Letters and colours, and some shapes, and maybe photos and things.

    Remember i told you first.
  9. Well if thats the case i suspect we will see more :domo: 's
  10. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    people used to have clipart, now they have gomedia! (if anyone from gomedia reads this, I love your stuff, please dont get offended.)
  11. electricalyce

    electricalyce Member

    Oooooh, I'll try it out and join the avant-garde!

    On a more serious note, I actually think the vector-trend is fading away for a more organic look (look at the big corps like starbucks and mcDonalds, it's much more hand-written and a more natural organic look, very in vein with the rest of society
  12. they are all trying to make themselves seem not so artificial.. but that being said.. its still the same stuff just wrapped in different pictures....
  13. mike_watts

    mike_watts Member

    You can't beat a bit of reflection, what will be the new reflection?
  14. br3n

    br3n Senior Member

    Everything in every circle of life repeats itself, just look at fashion, it comes in and out with the same styles repeating themselves but usually tweaked - never a complete copy but consider it inspiration.

    My opinion on this is that its not actually "cool" to be "cool". People are always trying to invent the next new thing. As soon as somethings popular, it becomes unpopular because of that reason. Sooner of later people look back and draw inspiration from these older styles and they become reborn.

    With reguards to the web, In my short snapshot (5-6 years on forums etc) its basically always been embracing new features and technology, The first major "scene" I witnessed is the 2advanced techno/futuristic style of design, definatelty form over function as the content was usually an afterthought and technically unreadable, thats all faded out and we've seen various grunge and vector styles. At the moment i would suggest that usability is the KEY factor in pretty much all mainstream web, as a result design has become user friendly, clean, neat, readable and presentable.

    My prediction is a complete flip on that - Going more grunge (not splatters) but textures and contrast while remaining w3c valid/css etc. standards will not look back but design will always rotate.
  15. Kevin

    Kevin Senior Member

    Don't forget about the sketchy "hand-drawn" website look... which often are a bunch of brushes thrown together :cry:
  16. Xenonsoft

    Xenonsoft Active Member

  17. glenwheeler

    glenwheeler Senior Member

    Totally agree with Fred, i have noticed a few hosting companies around the internet that have gone in the same directions.
  18. Pixel Pusha

    Pixel Pusha Junior Member

    just stay out of the box..... thats the best way
  19. Xenonsoft

    Xenonsoft Active Member

    Interesting you say that, my new site design is very out of the box, might have to post it up when it's online :p
  20. Is it more in the dodecahedron Fred? :p

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