Graphic Design Trends 2014: Pixel Play Spotted in Branding, Packaging, T-Shirts & More

The blurred lines in Junk Food’s Mickey Mouse tee isn’t a mistake but an intentional design decision reflecting the “Pixel Play” graphic trend spotted by leading forecast and analysis company, Stylesight.

“As eight-bit graphics and gaming emerge as popular design choices, packaging designers also look to early digital days for inspiration,” states Stylesight in its Prints & Graphics: Packaging June 2014 report.

Design elements that define this trend include:

  • Use of simple pixel squares to create logos and graphics
  • Packaging boxes with die-cut pixels allow a glimpse of the products within
  • Adopt a CMYK or RGB color palette to further enhance the look

See examples below:

Graphic Design Trends 2014: Pixel Play

2014 Graphic Design Trends: Pixel Play

2014 Graphic Design Trends: “Pixel Play” as reported by Stylesight

Above: 1 The Basics cleansing foam packaging designed by Mouse Graphics // 2 OLEX personal branding by Lemongraphic // 3 Pixelate exhibition poster designed by graphic designer Matthew Lew // 4 Pixelated Mickey tee by Junk Food via Urban Outfitters // 5 Pixels wine packaging designed by Jordan Jelev of the Labelmaker

With access to reports from leading trend forecast and analysis companies at the FIDM Library, one of the largest specialized fashion libraries in the United States, students earning their graphic design and digital media degrees at FIDM stay current with upcoming trends for fashion, color, graphics design and more.

Read more graphic design trend reports here.

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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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