Design Trends

Periodicals Through the Ages: A Magazine Cover Retrospective – Photography Article

Take a look at some important magazine covers throughout the years, and see how they resonate with today’s design standards. The heyday of socially impactful magazine cover design peaked in the mid- to late 20th century. Yet magazines are still around, and to this day the occasional magazine cover will strike a chord — or it represents an idea so perfectly that people talk about it . . . even online. Before we take a look at some iconic covers,…

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Pantone Adds 294 New and On-Trend Spot Colors to Its Lineup – Photography Article

Pantone adds 294 new swatches – based on market-driven trends – to its Formula Guide. That means creating eye-catching, super current color palettes has never been so easy. You might be aware that Pantone has slipped into mainstream culture by virtue of its long-running Color of the Year series, which gets wider coverage every year. You should be aware that it’s been producing the physical color swatch books that everyone in the creative industry has relied upon for decades. Adding…

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Why So Many Direct-to-Consumer Brands Look the Same – Photography Article

Minimalism has taken direct-to-consumer brands by storm. Explore why so many startups are decluttering their look to connect with consumers. If there’s a single style that illustrates recent direct-to-consumer (D2C) identities, it’s this: sans-serif typography, solid backdrops, grid-based layouts, and natural textures. You may have seen this aesthetic on your Instagram or Pinterest feed, or you might have purchased from a brand that takes on this very minimalist approach. Image via 3DJustincase. Spurred by Airbnb’s rebrand in 2014, the so-called…

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Using the Creativity in Naive Art for Your Design Style – Photography Article

Explore how “Naive Art” bypasses the foundations of design, or simply disregards them, and find your inspiration in a lack of formal skill. Naive Art is just art made by untrained people. All right, thanks for reading. Just kidding, it’s so much more than that. It’s a deep, swirling pool teeming with inspiration. Naiveté in the arts brings us back to the very essence of why we create in the first place. Put even more simply, Naive art can shake…

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8 Tips for Drawing Adorable, On-Trend Illustrations – Photography Article

Explore the international trend of kawaii and find inspiration for your own cute illustrations with tips from eight pro artists. Roughly translated, ​kawaii​ means “cuteness” in Japanese, but it’s so much more than that. As a cultural phenomenon, kawaii has been around for decades, beginning with iconic and adorable characters like Hello Kitty and Pikachu. It’s since expanded to all kinds of art forms, from cosplay to typography. Today, you can find kawaii characters on the walls of fine art…

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50+ FREE Vector Doodles and Lettering – Photography Article

Add some DIY flair to your designs with these FREE vector doodles and handwritten fonts. Use them in print or on the web for a personalized, hand-drawn touch of whimsy. Down-to-earth and DIY design is having a moment – it’s even a big part of the Zine Culture trend from our 2019 Creative Trends report. As polished designs and professional level photography becomes more accessible, there’s also a growing demand for the naivety and charm of DIY looks. These hand-drawn…

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Design Inspiration: The Best Plastic-Free Packaging – Photography Article

Find inspiration for plastic-free packaging with ten designs that use earth-friendly materials to account for the product lifecycle. Packaging consists of the material(s) used to encase a specific product. Common materials used to package a product include cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminum, and stainless steel. Brands and packaging designers work together to create a package that speaks to the brand’s image, but many overlook how the packaging may be disposed of, whether it’s trashed, recycled, or composted. Even though product packaging…

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10 Cutting-Edge Textures and Backgrounds for Designers – Photography Article

Go beyond your trusty paper textures. These cutting-edge backgrounds will give your designs a fresh and contemporary update perfect for creating backdrops in web and print design. The big trend in backgrounds for this year? Natural textures such as linen, leather and woven cane are big news in interiors as well as graphic design, and we’re also seeing fresher, cooler alternatives to over-used terrazzo and marble textures. Read on to discover our pick of the best background updates for 2019.…

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