2014 Graphic Design Trends: K-Pop Craze


Funky and brightly colored elements in branding an apparel graphics are shaping a predominant 2014 graphic design trend according to leading forecast and analysis company, Stylesight.

“The rise of Asia’s youth culture has put numerous K-Pop artists in the spotlight and their fashion, style and persona are beginning to influence the Junior market across the globe,” states Stylesight in its Prints & Graphics/Original Prints- Pop Craze forecast report. “Inspired by the K-Pop scene, this collection features kitsch heart, star and comic book motifs and pairs neon with bubblegum hues for a look that truly pops!”

Graphic design elements that define this trend include:

  • Influenced by the K-Pop trend
  • Loud, bright and playful
  • Short quirky slogans
  • Graphic smiley face elements
  • Onomatopoeias, half tone and comic strip scenes
  • Use of sequins, glitter and embellishments
  • Kitsch Japanese cartoons
  • Black keylines
  • Clashing prints

See examples below:

2014 Graphic Design Trends: K-Pop

2014 Graphic Design Trends:  Stylesight spots Kpop Craze in apparel graphics.

2014 Graphic Design Trends: Stylesight spots Kpop Craze in apparel graphics.

Above: 1 ICMAD award-winning “Zing!” packaging design concept by FIDM Graphic Design Student Tiffany Matthews // 2 South Korean girl pop band 2NE1. Image source // 3 Vital blue basic cap by Hats On // 4 Supreme/Vans shoe collaboration via KicksonFire.com // 5  Loveless Dress by Hellz // 6 Woodstock muscle tee by Stussy

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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