6 Upcoming Graphic Design Trends

Graphic design trends are changing all the time; sometimes we like it, sometimes we don’t. Lately, I’ve been a pretty big fan of the direction graphic design has been going. As we start to near the end of 2018, next year promises to see the continuation of some of these cool graphic design trends.


Hand Drawn Graphics

Say goodbye to repetitive stock photos and say hello to beautiful hand-drawn graphics. Unique illustrations have always been a favourite of mine because of their ability to stand out from the crowd or other artistic styles. Plus, viewers are becoming increasingly attracted to the authenticity and originality of hand-drawn images.



Minimalist design has been widely popular for the past few years, and it doesn’t look like that will be changing anytime soon. Smartphones and tablets have created a need for simple designs that work on different screen sizes and load fast. So until people stop using iPhones, you can expect the minimalism trend to continue for a while.


Brutalism & Bauhaus

Graphic designers have found a resurgence of brutalism-inspired styles, primary colours, and modern fonts which harken back to the classic looks of Bauhaus designers. The brutalist trend has also has had a hand in the rising popularity of hand-drawn graphics and experimenting with vivid colours.



Minimalism may still be leading the way in graphic design trends, but the flat design aesthetic has given way to gradients this year. Many designers have brought back the multi-coloured backgrounds and typefaces to make fun and optimistic feel.


Experimenting with Typography

Bend it, twist it, turn it upside down, and cross it out – 2019 is the year that anything goes. Graphic designers continue to push the boundaries when it comes to typography, regardless of legibility or good taste. Warped, distorted, and overlayed type has become a popular aesthetic among album art and poster design.


Splashes of Vivid Colors

Colours are coming back brighter than ever in 2019. Vivid splashes of radiant yellow, brilliant blues, flashy pinks, and bright reds are making a return to many designers palettes this year. These pops of intense lighter hues are great for grabbing the attention of your viewers and keeping compositions bright.

Harlen Malkowich
Nov 09, 2018
By Harlen Malkowich

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