Graphic Design Trends in 2011

Graphic Design Trends in 2011

Change is inevitable and in some cases, absolutely essential, especially when it is positive. Graphic designs and designers are known for the various changes they incorporate into website designs to make it more attractive and appealing to the visitor. Given that we are into the first quarter of 2011, there are already several trends doing the rounds in the graphic design business. Following are some of the main trends that you might consider when creating your own designs, whether for a portfolio or for a client.

Style Trends: Akin to fashion and clothes, graphic design trends are also seeing a comeback of the retro style, in more ways than one. Although the newer patterns and designs are unique, you cannot mistake the inimitable retro style on which they are based. Whether it is color schemes, fonts or textures, changes in this area continue to occur, with more designers opting for vintage or antique styles. While paper textures are popular in terms of look, handwritten styles are popular in terms of fonts, which make the design more customized and yet personal. Freehand drawing is another aspect courted by graphic designers these days.

Minimalistic Design: The recent trend in graphic design is to keep the design simple and minimal while not compromising on functionality. In other words, designs are often stark and yet functional, thanks to the use of simple lines, logos and structures etc that define the website without being too flashy.

Color Trends: Colors gaining popularity in 2011 include pale but bright colors like honeysuckle, citrus yellow or vintage wine. Similarly, contrasting colors are the basis of all graphic design today, which mean that the images or fonts are in colors that contrast the base. Designers believe that for any website to be effective, you should restrict yourself to using two or three colors for your design, where the base color is strong, which is set off by complementary colors.

Mobile Apps Influence: Given that many people are accessing information through their mobile devices, it has become essential for website designers to cater to this requirement. Website designing should ideally include factors that are predominant in mobile web browsing, like larger buttons, which are more attractive and appealing. Similarly, the design used should be self explanatory and simple, so that any individual can use it without any hassle.

Public Expectations: Another factor that most designers consider today is the expectation of the user, especially when designing websites. Quick and simple accessibility to information is the norm when designing applications for mass use. Moreover, consumer culture should be taken into consideration while designing applications. Communication should be immediate and simple when using logos or designs.

Software and Other tools: With the increasing popularity of mobile applications, there are several software and tools doing the rounds today, which are becoming increasingly popular with designers. These ideally include software and tools related to photography and designing, which can be easily accessed through mobiles. User-friendly interface ensures that you can use such software with minimal hassle.

With these latest graphic design trends doing the rounds in 2011, it is imperative that you create portfolios to include them. Multiple design options are required to be prepared with different combination’s, taking into consideration various factors like colors, schemes and styles. So, go ahead and take your pick from the emerging trends that will matter in 2011.