I have talked a lot about what I think the new trends of design for the web are. I shared a few projects that had some of the elements and styles that I believe are becoming the new trend in web design. On this post I want to share 5 projects that illustrate that better than words. You will notice that the grid is present but in a much more flexible way, things are not uniform, there's overlapping and motion design has a super important role.This projects are from designers from Dribbble, you can find out more about them by tapping on the images.
Since the flat design became a trend it's great to see the evolution of the style but it's also visible that not much has changed besides hard shadows becoming a bit softer. Last year, however, I started noticing more of a mix of swiss style with a bit of the deconstructivist movement we saw in graphic design. The project 'let's get creative 2016' by Studio - JQ is a good example, at least from my point of view. ABDZ has been bringing a bit of that back as well and I foresee more like this in the future. Let's get creative 2016. Creative compositions and self promotion for Studio–JQ expressing the values, work methods and everyday subjects that arise in a usual day in the studio. About Studio - JQ Studio–JQ is lead by Jonathan Quintin – he has created inspirational work at the world’s top design studios for clients including Aon/Manchester United, Auto Trader UK, Bosch, Google, Intel, Mitsubishi Motors, Moscow Raceway, NASCAR, NBC Sports Network, Tommy Hilfiger/Rafa Nadal, Rockstar Energy Drink, The Co-operative and VMware. For more information check out http://studiojq.co/
Every beginning of a new year we make our resolutions, we set plans and as if everything starts from the ground up, we talk about trends for the new year. I am one of those but I believe that most of the time the new trends are nothing more than an evolution of something that started before, even crazy changes like in 2013 with the big switch from skeuomorphism to flat design. For 2015 I have been reading a lot of articles about this topic, if you check out on Pinterest there are some infographics and a bunch of boards about it, some have really nice insights, but nothing that someone following the web wouldn't assume. Here's an example: I agree with some of the points the author listed, but mobile first approach has been around us for over 2 years. Also I believe parallax is overused and hijacking the scroll is not very user friendly. Besides that Clean and Simple Layout is not a trend but a goal for every design project. In my opinion I think what we will start seeing more the more and more use of animation to give context and affordance to the most important parts of the UI. Technology and powerful hardware will make this possible more than ever, and we already see some good examples, like the beautiful work of that Jongmin Kim put together giving life to to Google's Material Design Principles That said here is a list of things I think will be on top of our minds in 2015 Motion Design beyond After Effects: We have been seeing more and more beuatiful animations and motion design work being shared on Dribbble and other design sites. I think it's time for us to see the same level of quality in motion on the Web. We know that it can be achieved, thank you Jongmin! Prototyping: In 2014 we saw a bunch of new tools being created to help us to prototype our work, tools like Frame, Pixate, Form, Invision and so many others. I think any designers that wants to have quality work must learn how to prototype and test their designs on the device, not on the laptop/computer screen. Material Design: Google has done a great job putting creating a very comprehensive set of guidelines and a beautiful new visual language. Dead of blank screens while loading new content: with motion design and technical capabilities, we finally might start seeing some native looking animations and transitions on the web. As you could see, I didn't mentioned anything related with visual design per se, I think the visual language will always depend on the branding of the product or service we are designing for. Most of the topics I mentioned are related to creating engaging experiences with refined and beautiful behaviors. I hope these things become true in 2015, otherwise there will always be 2016.
With the release of iOS7 a lot of new design trends will be set based on what apple did with their design. One of the biggest trend will be the use of line icons which goes well with the use of flat design. I took the time to find some really awesome line icons packs that you download and use it for free. Enjoy! Click on the image to go to the download page by Graphic Burger by DripIcons by Krishnan Unni by Jayson Lane What do you guys think of this new trend?
With the launch of iOS7 we have been noticing an increase in some particular icon style and illustrations. From skeuomorphism to flat vectors and now, thick strokes. It's not a new style, however it's getting pretty popular especially for icons and pictograms. To illustrate that we selected a few examples we found while surfing on Behance and Dribbble.
Trends and tendencies come and go, we all know that, it's part of our industry's business model. There's the ever present need to come up with something different, to always adapt in order to keep the user's attention. We see this in the car design industry, fashion industry and web. With the web, the most common factor in change is due to updates in technology and as it evolves more things become possible in terms of layout. In this post I want to share some examples of what it means to be a new trend. One of the things I've been noticing more and more is designs with simple square, non-uniform grids like the Windows 8 "metro" design. The resemblance of these examples and the Windows new UI is very strong, however this style is not new in the editorial world. Magazines have been using this layout approach for decades. Metro is an internal code name of a typography-based design language created by Microsoft, originally for use in Windows Phone. A key design principle of Metro is better focus on the content of applications, relying more on typography and less on graphics ("content before chrome").. - Wikipedia Another interesting point, in my opinion, is that this style evolves from the grid system that Pinterest made popular. The only difference is the removal of the cards metaphor, making usage of other artifices like typography and different colors to link image and text.
Last week we posted about one of the design styles we believe will be trendy in 2013. In this post we would like to feature another trend that has already been established and is evolving alongside with the technology that makes it possible. The trend, editorial/magazine style with big images, and more specifically, dark color schemes. It's mind boggling to think that a few years ago most of the sites featured after the jump wouldn't be made using web standards (HTML/CSS/JS) but Flash. Evidence proves that constraints are uber important for the evolution of not only the technology but the designers and engineers behind the scenes.. Portraits Ghost Games Welikesmall The Kitchen Project Etch Formrausch Far East Soho Pilot.is Thibaud Daybreak 2012 We would love to hear from you and about the sites that really amazed you in 2012. Leave a comment with links so we can check them out and post about them as well.
Every new year we get to see articles reviewing the year that has gone and predictions for the one that has just started. As designers, we wonder what will change and what will be the new trends in graphic design, web design, or simply in design in general. As designers we must be aware of what is happening in our industry, in this case, the trends that will be followed... not simply to be another adopter of them in our designs but also, to allow us to try different things. Not that I think it’s wrong to follow tendencies, it’s the opposite, I believe they are great tools for us to create something good and modern. Adhemas Batista design for Digital Arts Magazine, January 2009 However, most of the trends tend to get overused and saturated, and that can be hazardous to our work. There is a nice article on David Airey’s blog called “Do you follow logo design trends” where he says: "It’s easy to say, “I don’t follow trends”, but with so many internal and external influences surrounding us, how can we honestly say we’re not affected by what others are doing" Another great article is from Smashing Magazine called “Don’t follow trends, set them!” where they show us the importance of creating something unique and fresh and not simply following the next hot trends. In my opinion, as designers, we have to use all tools available to deliver the best product to the target audience. That means, if our audience expects something trendy we must do that. The point is that we don’t have to create something following styles just for the sake of the trends. Besides, I think there are “trends” that seem to last forever, like simplicity for example, at least Apple has shown us in their product design for over a decade already. Apple new Macbook Pro 17, January 2009 Also, I'd like to hear your opinion on this. I think the best way to evolve is sharing our experiences, and that's why I've questioned on twitter about what would be the new design trends. The comments were great and very useful as you can see below. And of course, leave us a comment telling us what do you think will be the new trends and whether it's important to follow them or not. Hot Trends for 2009 Web Design Trends for 2009 1960's Style and Blue as the New Green - http://www.thestate.com/living/story/634577.html Logo Design from Logoorange - http://www.logoorange.com/logo-design-09.php Psychedelic Pop Backgrounds Origami Tactile Logos Arabesque Classic Modernism Pictograms 80's Geometry Lesson Typographic Logos Street Art Top 2009 Marketing Trends - http://tinyurl.com/6t4vaw Twice as many marketers (as compared to last year’s survey) are sick of buzzwords “Web 2.0”, “blogs”, “social networking”. But while that is, they admit still knowing little, or not enough, about them. This was evident in the results of a MENG social media study released on November 6, 2008, showing 67% of executive marketers consider themselves beginners when it comes to using social media for marketing purposes. Comments via Twitter (http://twitter.com/abduzeedo) bluebomberc I would like to see more era-specific retro designs...40's, 50's, 60's...Minimal design schemes will be more prevalent in 2009! eddidit I guess more 80's retro actually http://www.deletelondon.com/, http://www.substancja.pl/in..., paulgrunt I think You're correct. I think navigation will be larger to accompdate more mobile devices too. trashrockx not sure, guess its per-website-basis. funny tho they are saying "year of netbook" so...I prefer desktops personally about 18 hours ago from Netvibes in reply to abduzeedo simplydoyou Shitty economy will lead to minimal, clean, simple color combos that make definite statements. Lots of greens, beiges obox This is what I think - Magazine layouts will be another big trend http://is.gd/eGvJ vinneyt I think tightly tracked text settings will pop up more in the states/western europe ... borrow a trend from our friends south :) PURENINE as far as the web, I'd continue to think Motion and Video will prevail dragoslupascu clean and aesthetic style on brand, this Asian eye candy illustrations that all look the same and overshadows brands will passoff hyderj Edges will make a comeback, I think rounded corners will be on their way out mauroamaral Simplicity, white and video oriented interfaces