Top 5 Graphic Design Trends in 2018

by Joanna Ngai

The design scene is about to look a lot more interesting with new graphic design trends that push the boundaries of the digital/print medium. Explore old favorites and new ways to make your designs stand out!

1. Depth

Depth bringing together shadows and perspective to give digital components a sense of elevation and hierarchy similar to a physical environment.
Credit: Aurelien Salomon
Credit: Vladmir Gashenko

2. Abstract Shapes

The combination of simple shapes and vibrant colors has a playful feel.
Credit: Anton & Irene
Credit: Hello Monday
Credit: Plant22

3. Assertive Type

Bold type make a prominent, eye catching statement with no frills.
Credit: Michael Bierut / Vignelli Associates / Irving Blitz
Credit: Drip
Credit: Batch Organics

4. Chaotic Juxtaposition

Whether its with graffiti, hand-drawn doodles or punched out shapes, expect to see unconventional type contrasted between different materials and textures.
Credit: Hao Zhuang
Credit: Balmer Hahlen
Credit: Dropbox and Collins: Dropbox Rebrand

5. Brutalist Details

Look for design cues from ‘90s graphics and a focus on unpolished aesthetics.
Credit: Yves-Garbriel So
Credit: El Burro
Credit: XXIX studio

Thanks for reading! Feel free to check out my design work or my new handbook on UX design, now available on Amazon.