The Next Big Design Thing


Each year brings new design trends, see what 2019 has in store.

The one constant is change, are we right? Well in that vein of thinking, it’s once again time to take a gander at the upcoming year and spotlight the design trends that will be dominating messaging from companies large and small. (And if you feel the urge to indulge in a little nostalgia, you can peruse what we highlighted on our hot list for 2018.)

The bold & the beautiful

Lively colors were in demand in 2018 and that’s only going to increase over the next 12 months. Pantone, those harbingers of all thing hue-related, have listed super vibrant, saturated shades among their Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report. This also comes into play with the continued use of bold fonts (which also have the handy-dandy side effect of being easy to read on our multitude of devices).

A new balance

Asymmetry is defined as the “lack of equality or equivalence between parts or aspects of something.” Naturally most of us think of asymmetry in design as a lack of balance. However, in design it can actually mean so much more, creating its own unique, unexpected sense of equilibrium.

Back to nature

Stock photos can be the bane of a designer’s daily existence. Which is why you can expect to see a crop of images in 2019 that come across as way more natural. Think something you took with your iPhone, not something requiring a 15-hour photo shoot.

Just do you

Personalization—it’s the buzzword that won’t die. The latest incarnation of the personalized craze comes in the form of custom, hand-drawn illustrations. Guaranteed to be original, when used in your designs, they offer the added bonus of being a surefire way to garner loads of positive attention and interest.

The future is now

The Jetsonian dream of traveling via flying cars may still be eluding us, but in the world of design futuristic is king. Patterns, textures–you name it–will be infusing design in 2019. Another side to this is the use of augmented reality. The wine company, 19 Crimes, has had a lot of fun with this concept via their living wine labels.