Illustrations and Design Trends in 2016

For a long time photography was reigning over an illustrated image.

For a long time photography was reigning over an illustrated image. Not just because there are some great photographers out there, but also the technology and budgets have had a hand in this. Its seem though that now the trend is moving into the direction that will favour illustrations and I am so happy about that.

So here are several graphic design and illustration trends for 2016:

Custom Typography

A custom font or custom type log is one way to stand out from the crowd. Combining text, textures and geometric patterns all done by hand can look great and impactful. So go and get your pens and pencils ready for some hand made typography.

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Insane Vector Art

Since you might already know I am a big fan of Illustrator and anything related to vector art. OF course illustrations can be made with any medium but I just drool over some 100% vector any day.


Illustration & Photography Combinations

Now this is something that just marries two fantastic fields, Photography and Illustrations! Can it get any better?


3D Illustrations

Think of origami gone wild, think of low poly gone insane. How awesome is that!


Custom Illustrations

More and more websites are using big custom illustrations as backgrounds, hand drawn icons or custom graphics all together.

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Moving images can capture your attention pretty fast and sometimes will express and capture an emotion better than a still image.

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All in all, if your are into creating illustrations, either vector, raster or the good old hand drawn illustration art, be happy! We are going to see more and more illustrations used everywhere and I couldn’t be happier my self!

Any thoughts on this? Please share your opinion and leave a comment or two below.

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Simona Pfreundner has been teaching Adobe Creative Suite since 2008 through written tutorials, instructional video courses and classroom teaching. With 15 years experience in the graphic design field as an agency, in-house and freelance designer, her love for art and drawing has enabled her develop an approachable and intuitive style of teaching that helps people learn graphic design software in a fun and easy way.

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