Depth. Real. Retro. Modern: Graphic Design Trends of 2018

“Visual contrast dominates the digital landscape and designers seek clarity and distinction, both subtle and bold in 2018.” -Jacob Cobb

In 2018 graphic design trends are infusing modern design with older and vintage design. It’s so weird that the ’80s, the era that I came into adulthood, is considered “old.” There are 10 graphic design trends dominating this year.

Depth is being added to flat design, pages are splitting, animation is becoming thoughtful, patterns are splashing backgrounds, there’s modern-retro illustration, isometric is back, 80’s and 90’s color palettes dominate, authentic photography is real, and oh, the shade of gradients!

As you explore these and other trends, stay mindful of your brand. Your creativity unfolds when you discover, incorporate, blend in, and/or mix trends that help communicate your brand. “Brand” is always first and the guiding factor in choosing design, not trends. Remember, you have the power to create trends. So, allow the 10 graphic design trends described below to inspire a refresh, another dimension, or expansion of your brand.

One important trend I hope you will adapt is making your logo responsive. Traditional websites are encountering critical usability issues with the rapid rise of mobile browsing across an endless assortment of devices and screen sizes. Responsive design has become an industry standard. So, why not your logo.

Please, comment below about how you are inspired to incorporate any of these trends. If you are a graphic designer or illustrator, please share your info in the comments.

Responsive Logos 

The modern logo has to work harder than ever before. Today’s logos have to work with a growing plethora of smart devices with varying screen sizes and resolutions. Often logos end up suffering within responsive website design. Many have not been designed with responsive frameworks and variable sizes in mind, and are just resized to fit whatever available space has been provided for them or not. (see responsive logo guide). image: Select examples from “Responsive Logos” via Joe Harris

Split Page Design

As an evolution of the now-stale hero image concept, split design juxtaposes contrasting elements for a striking effect that shows multiplicity. We embrace this fresh change for its great design and usefulness.

Isometric Design

Making a strong comeback, Isometric design, Isometric projection is a method for visually representing three-dimensional objects in two dimensions.

Intersecting Elements: Bold Typography & More Serifs

A version of bold typography that intersects with shapes and graphics giving a strong visual that plays with perspective and shows confidence. It’s a strong visual that plays with perspective and shows confidence.

Duotone & Double Exposure

The duotone look, a recent favorite across many design mediums, reached mass exposure via Spotify and their playlist images. Since duotone’s rise to prominence, further iterations that layer the effect with double exposure are being seen.

Retro-Modern Illustrations – Detailed Vintage

This trend combines the sleek lines of modern vectors with throw-back color palettes. Modern illustrations with retro-respect: the best of both worlds.

Creative Background Patterns

There’s a resurgence of patterned backgrounds. Think of it like the grown-up version of the tiled backgrounds you may have used to trick out your very first online profile. These are often whimsical icons or custom illustrations that take the design to a personal level.

Bright Gradients

A continuing trend that made a strong comeback in 2017 is now diversifying. Designers are having fun experimenting with gradient innovations using bright colors and a variety of textures.

Thoughtful Animations – Cinemagraphs & GIFs

Online animations have come a long way since banner ads circa 1999 that aggressively flashed “Click Me!” Animations can be thoughtful movements built with intention, created to delight and signal interaction. We’re big fans and hope they won’t become overdone.

Extra Depth (with semi-flat design)

Historically, depth has been a valuable tool for helping users determine visual hierarchy, input fields and calls to action on screen. Depth has proven that it can fit within the evolving ethos of flat design by improving usability and simplicity, both of which are core principles of flat design. Going forward you will see shadows become a staple of the “semi-flat” design movement.

80s & 90s Color Palettes & Patterns

Custom Graphics & Illustration

Whether they are whimsical, practical, or purely artistic, the demand for custom graphic art and illustrations will continue to grow in the new year. Custom imagery has always played a major role in print media. When it comes to digital media however (despite being a star player of Flash websites in the 2000’s), custom graphic art and illustration has taken a backseat to cheaper stock imagery alternatives for much of the last decade. |images: Noir Girl Magic™eBiz Travel work for hire completed by Rebekah Jenkins of Innovative Design Style

Authentic Photography

Authentic photography looks and feels real. Whether you’re working with custom photos or selecting stock, look for images that convey emotion, contain action or tell stories.

More info…

Jacob Cobb, Founder of Just™ Creative and Mila Jones Cann of 99 Designs are the sources for this article. Mila gives more in-depth analysis of design trends at https://99designs.com.au/blog/trends/graphic-design-trends-2018.

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Twitter Bio, A Social Media Must Have

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Did you realize that most of the time, your bio on Twitter is the determing factor for whether people will or will not follow you? It’s a make or break point. The more concise your bio, the more you attract “targeted” followers. Many people think the more followers the better, but the truth is, according to Lauren Dugan, Co-Editor of All Twitter, “the number of followers you have doesn’t usually matter as much as the quality of followers you have, especially if you use Twitter for business.”

What does your bio say?

Statistics say Twitter profiles that have a bio will attract up to eight (8) times more followers than profiles without bios. You have 160 characters to make an impact and activate action. This task can be quite a challenge. Here are some tips:

  • You don’t have to tell us everything about you. Get your priorities straight. You are a complex person and your business is too. It might take some serious thinking, but you need to prioritize just what it is you want to get across to your followers that defines you. Being a happy husband, a proud daddy and a golf addict might be large parts of who you are, but if you are using Twitter to promote your online graphics designing business, these might not have a place in such a short bio.
  • Focus on critical keywords that describe you and/or what you do. Think about it as SEO for Twitter. Think about things that people would search for to find you, and try to include those keywords in your Twitter bio. Your followers will be more likely to stick if they were searching and found you based on relevant keywords.
  • Think about what kind of followers you want to attract
  • Be real; be you. Describe yourself, what you do. Mention your hobbies, interests, and/or niche, industry (what you mention should be relative to your profile’s focus). Why are you on Twitter in the first place? Try to answer this question in your bio. You don’t have to do it directly, but if your bio says you are a social media expert and all you do is share cat photos and videos on Twitter, your followers will probably start to fall off.
  • For heaven’s sake, don’t tell us you are an expert or guru!

Include a website in your Twitter profile. When the website supports your bio, you increase confidence in your profile. Now, you just have to make sure tweets stay relevant.

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According to a report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, young women outnumber men in terms of the concentration of use. This concentration of use has allowed researchers to label these users as ‘power users’, a term which denotes the weight of this group’s presence on sites like Facebook and Twitter. The research pointed to the fact that 89% of women 18-29 are connected socially, and have outnumbered men since 2009.  Read more