While design typically varies greatly from business to business, there are design trends that gain popularity and are used across a wide range of industries. Because these popular design trends have a common element of making people feel good (remember rule #1 of marketing: make a connection before making a sale?), their application can be relevant to many types of businesses.
Shutterstock analyzed its users’ search data to determine creative trends that will continue to grow throughout the year. The full list can be viewed here. Our team at Wieting Design scanned through the list to see which of these trends are gaining popularity in the digital design world and why these design trends are effective for branding and marketing. Read through and watch the videos to get a better idea of each design. Maybe you’ll even discover a style that speaks to you and your brand.
Shutterstock’s Creative Trends
1. Fantasy Design – Think imaginary people and places that make you feel oddly content; this includes colorful clouds, mythical creatures, dreamlands, etc. There’s a bit of mystery in the air brought on by the unexplained feeling of happiness made possible by this design. Naturally, people want to see more and learn more about things that they do not understand, which is why Fantasy Design effectively draws viewers in. Feel-good factor? Check.
Watch a Shutterstock video showing samples of Fantasy Designs:
Fantasy – 2018 Creative Trends | Shutterstock
2. Punchy Pastels – The soft, sweet color scheme of pastels is mixed with in-your-face bright colors that demand attention. The bright colors work like neon lights to invite viewers in, while the pastel colors are almost nostalgic with their familiarity resulting in a feeling of calmness. This makes the Punchy Pastels Design effective in being simultaneously eye-catching and soothing. Feel-good factor? Check.
Watch a Shutterstock video showing samples of Punchy Pastels Designs:
Punchy Pastels – 2018 Creative Trends | Shutterstock
3. Ancient Geometrics – These intricate patterns are mesmerizing. The retro yet cultured feel of the symmetrical shapes draws in with the feeling that there’s a deeper story to be told. Shapes such as these are often associated with history, discovery, spirituality, and peace; and in marketing, these shapes can showcase the beginning of an amazing brand’s story. Feel-good factor? Check.
Watch a Shutterstock video showing samples of Ancient Geometrics Designs:
Ancient Geometrics – 2018 Creative Trends | Shutterstock
4. Holographic Foils – Shiny with a hint of old and new, this visual design is everchanging with a wide color palette that allows this design to suit a range of styles. The foil feels like something new is being unwrapped, and coupled with the changing colors brings a perfect balance of today’s quirky digital age. It’s almost like a celebration of the 1980’s and Y2K. Feel-good factor? Check.
Watch a Shutterstock video showing samples of Holographic Foil Designs:
Holographic Foil – 2018 Creative Trends | Shutterstock
Your Company’s Branding & Design
While the ultimate design for your business will be determined based on many factors such as business history, brand messaging, target audience, industry, etc., there’s one factor that should remain the same and that’s the feel-good factor. When your target audience looks at your company’s deliverables, from the website to the paper brochure, they should feel good and in turn comfortable with your brand.
The above creative trends teach us that despite these wide varied looks, the resulting feeling is the same. By incorporating these trends into a business’ design, these good feelings could be that connection that’s needed before making a sale. If you’re seeking graphic design, website design, logo design, video production, or other marketing assistance, contact Wieting Design or view our past projects for inspiration.
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