In this world of light-speed internet and collective consciousness design it’s easy to get swept away with the hottest new design style. I’m personally of the opinion that it’s important to try some of these styles, like new clothing trends, to see if they fit your own personal design aesthetic. That isn’t to say you should just copy what everyone else is doing, instead you should observe and note what designers you admire are doing and see how that knowledge informs your own design.
Here are three current trends I’m enjoying:
1. Bebas Neue, Bold
Influx Marketing Material by Alex Miller
Image on Left: Nidificate via Behance Image on Right: Data Visualization by Jen Marquez
It’s not hard to see why that is. It’s a very firm font with the ability to take on the style of many different and varied elements without detracting from the whole.
2. Icon Illustration
With the growth of mobile and user experience design the use and importance of icons has never been more noticeable. You can’t open an app without experiencing some kind of customized icon set.
Some icons are just cleaned up versions of what came before, but others are redefining the icons we know and love and improving them.
sproutandpress.com design by Stitch Design Co.
Others are using this well-established design style to customize and detail website designs.
3. Asymmetrical grid layouts
John John by Ben Johnson
Those who’ve said that web design killed the print design star need to look for a new song. Websites today have more flexibility – and more responsibility – than ever before.
With responsive websites becoming the norm, designers are finding ways to emulate the successful print design standards of the past while still honoring multiple device viewing.
One of my favorite trends right now is the highly editorial print style of asymmetrical grid layouts. Where image and copy come together in a beautiful unbalance while still feeling unified.