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What’s hot in 2019 in terms of graphic design?

Embark with us in this new year, where the stars are definitely 3D designs. In this article, we’re covering the most wanted 7 graphic design trends of 2019, as well as some visual examples of good use!

This year is basically an update of 2018 in terms of graphic art.

Even so, these new trends take different forms each year, so be careful not to adopt tendencies that are outdated. In other words:

“When marketing and business matters are involved, use the latest design trends, styles, colors, typefaces, illustrations, and methods to make your work be top requested.”

Always take some time to research the new trends and techniques, even if you’re operating on a specific design niche. You never know when a client will need from you an artwork on a specific style.

If you’re curious, here is a complete list with most graphic design trends of 2019, just take a look!

Isometric Design

On the subject of isometric style, all designers get creative when adopting this trend. A long time ago, isometric design was considered just a form of technical drawing that only architects used. In time, this concept is evolving so much, that you find it almost everywhere used as inspiration.
Isometric design is a trend that keeps coming back in diverse forms each year. Transform whole cities in tiny and brilliant illustrations by drawing a 3D object in two dimensions!

The best part?

Designers tend to transform easily flat design into isometric design, making it look more alive and vibrant. From complex city illustrations and video game assets to simple icons, all can be turned into wonderful, clean pieces.

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Abstract 3D design

As 3D designers continue to form up new compositions and shapes, these abstract fluid shapes take over the internet. This style of illustration has picked up so much in a short time and you can see it everywhere in popular tabs on Behance, Instagram, Dribble or Pinterest.

Clear elements and patterns arise as central objects that hint at larger pictures and concepts. Big brands already adopt this style in their advertisements!

Either you see still life designs that integrate other elements that look like window displays or flying and floating elements, these artworks are made using mostly software like Cinema4D, Houdini or Blender.

Credit: Peter Tarka

Credit: Peter Tarka

Single width stroke designs

With a comeback from 2018, single stroke designs categorize as minimalism design used for icons, logos, brand identities, illustrations to emphasize some simple objects.

Low poly design

Low poly design is build of geometric shapes put next to each other to make precise, regularly moderate structures. The “poly” from low poly originates from “polygon,” which is only a 2-dimensional shape made of straight lines and points.

Briefly, this style uses triangular shapes to compose geometrical illustrations. This trend comes way back from 2015, where first started.

Mid-mod design

Mid-century modern graphic design, or in other words, the Seventies reinvented, is having a comeback in 2019. This approach is known for its ability to take complex concepts and convert them into simple visual forms. It promotes clear visual communication, with stunning shapes that make great compositions. Because of this matter, mid-mod design remains a popular trend this year among many graphic designers.

Mid-mod color schemes are diverse and pop out. The tones used are from light, bright and vivid to warm, strong and earthy.  Rectangles, triangles, circles, squares and straight lines dominate this style. All of these combined makes this trend top of 2019.

Special mention: Colour of the year

The Pantone Color Institute chose this year the color 16-1546 Living Coral. It’s an optimistic, energetic shade with a golden undertone that energizes and animates any artwork.

The institute chooses its Color of the Year with a careful selection process that takes into consideration much analysis such as and socio-economic factors. This decision speaks to undersea ecosystems that are sadly under threat and becomes more elusive.

“In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, Pantone Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of The Pantone Color Institute.

Credit: @living_coral

Credit: @living_coral

6. Gradients

Color transitions are well known by any designer that works with logo designs and more. Clearly, gradients are again merged as a new and fresh trend each year.

Would you rather use two or more different colors on your artwork? Or do you prefer using a gradual fade between them and make a dazzling final result? Some designers state that gradients are a new way to use the colors. Gradients are mainly memorable, unique, realistic and playful compared to flat colors.

7. Realism and ruined designs

This year there are no more predictable designs left. Let’s throw to our brains a little bit of confusion and show them some unexpected wrecked, but still brilliant designs.

This approach catches the eye to a greater extent by simply questioning what the designer wanted to illustrate.


What are your favorite graphic design trends this year? Let us know!

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