In the big wide world of digital art, graphic design trends come and go in the blink of an eye. As Stephen King states, “sooner or later, everything old is new again” and funnily enough this pretty much sums up the graphic design industry. So, if you’re in need of some inspiration and want to add some modern flair to your designs, sit back and check out these funky comebacks, all incorporating their own contemporary, present-day twist.

1.The corrupted image

Who would’ve thought that the “glitch” effect would be such a hit within the design industry? This deteriorated aesthetic impressively delivers a disruptive, techno feel which people can’t seem to get enough of. ASOS is one example of a brand that successfully uses this effect throughout their advertising. It’s said that the “glitch” effect is inspired by the overall trend towards real photography and general imperfection. Overall this photography treatment is fun and quirky, which works wonders for ASOS’s overall look and feel.

2.Typography takes the Lead

Big, bold and bright is how we will remember 2018. When producing creative, designers often rely on typography to pave their way towards a successful design. Cut out lettering is a particularly eye-catching example. Using garnish colours and overlays, there’s a high possibility that we will see this genre of typography gain momentum and make its move back into the spotlight. As TheeDesign highlights, “Each style of typography, despite what the words are actually saying, have the ability to transport your mind to specific associations, even subconsciously”. This quote hits the nail on the head, as we are exposed to millions of simplistic web designs with web designers often unleashing their creativity on typography. If you really wanted to take this trend one step further, try adding in some animated effects or even photography, which either overlays or sits behind the text, adding a unique aesthetic to your design.

3. Gradients, they’re back!

It seems that gradients are making an appearance everywhere! From website backgrounds and photography overlays, to subtle interface elements, gradients are back and they’re bigger and better than before. Spotify cut the first turf with their duotone colour trends, using electrifying, vibrant colours which gave their messaging a real creative kick! Even Apple, Instagram & Designspiration (an online creative Pinterest) are reversing the white lab trend, which I find particularly refreshing as brands are now using this effect in a variety of different ways. (Plus in my opinion, they all look pretty cool).

4.The bolder the better!

As technology continually evolves, creative software allows  designers to push the boundaries, creating adventurous web designs that are bolder than ever before! Trends from the past have stuck to a ‘softer’ usage of colours, swaying towards ‘safe’ pastel colour palettes. Now that designers are able to show off their creative work via retina displays, brands are stepping up their game and using bigger, bolder colours. The use of bright colours will be the catchiest trends of 2018, as the future sees colours and hues becoming louder and more rebellious as the days go by. Designers are now able to fulfil client’s needs by simply “making it pop”, with a playful, dramatic colour palette.

5. “I’m seeing double”

Saving the best till last, a personal favourite of mine is the colour channel effect. This allows designers to add a dreamy, illusional aesthetic to their imagery, giving their creatives a holographic, distorted feel. Despite the fact that some designers may have paused on using double exposure, it has made a sudden reappearance, which accompanied with duotones and colour channels has created a simply awesome end result.

As we move into the future, we are constantly seeing techniques recycled with their very own creative twist. So, what’s the aim of experimenting with countless methodologies? Simply to construct something as beautiful and unique as possible. Designers and artists all have their individual ways of working, whether it’s applying powerful, bold fonts or using vibrant colour transitions. Either way it doesn’t matter what you do or how you execute your creative as long as you have the confidence to experiment and do what’s right for your audience. With technology evolving and creative suites constantly updating, we can only be excited for what the creative industry may bring to the future.