Trend Watch: Spliced Geometric Patterns & Organic Illustrations for iPhone Case Graphic Designs Emerging Trends for 2013

Leading fashion forecast and trend analysis company Stylesight focuses its attention on the iPhone case, an ever-popular and highly functional must-have accessory for the masses in a recent graphic design trend report aptly named The Printed iPhone Case.

“iPhone covers gain interest, decorated in an array of bold, colorful patterns, becoming a must-have accessory for all,” states Stylesight in its trend watch feature report.

One trend cited includes the emergence of spliced abstract geometric designs.

“For a fresh take on geometric patterns, designers opt for wooden textures clipped into clean, angular shapes,” states Stylesight.

Design elements that define this trend include:

  • Wooden surfaces punctuated with bright pops of color
  • Sliced photographs fused with geometric color blocking
  • Fractured forms and abstract graphic compositions

See examples below:

“Spliced Geo” iPhone Graphic Design Trend

Graphic design trends 2013: spliced geometric patterns for iPhone cases as cited by Stylesight.

Graphic design trends 2013: spliced geometric patterns for iPhone cases as cited by Stylesight.

Above:  1 iPhone graphic design concept by FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus Anthony Rodriguez // 2 Blisscase 3D gel skin iPhone cases via Uncoveted // 3 Aysha iPhone case. Graphic design by Kei via Society6 // 4 DG Aztec No. 1 iPhone case designed by Dawn Gardner via Society6 // 5 Galaxy neon tribal iPhone case by Spanish artist/graphic designer Maria Montiel of CayenaBlanca

Stylesight’s report inspired us to pinpoint another emerging trend in iPhone case graphics: organic illustrations. Graduating students of FIDM’s Graphic Design program often incorporate their own hand-drawn illustrations into their final graphic design portfolio, using iPhone case concepts as a medium. Check out three sets of illustrated iPhone case concepts designed by recent FIDM Graphic Design grads, below:

Organic Illustrations iPhone Graphic Design Trend

Graphic design trends 2013: organic illustrations in printed iPhone cases.

Graphic design trends 2013: organic illustrations in printed iPhone cases.

Above: 1 iPhone case graphic design concepts by FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus Brandon Lozano // 2 iPhone case graphic design concepts by FIDM Graphic Design Alumna Caitlin Plewniak // 3 iPhone case graphic design concepts by FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus Glen Sese

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.

Check back every Tuesday for new graphic design trends in apparel, prints and packaging according to leading fashion forecast companies. Read more trend reports here.

Questions/comments? Email the editor, Mani O’Brien at mobrien@fidm.edu

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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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