Tuesday Trend Watch: Spring 2013 to Bring Feminine Whimsy & Organic Illustration to Apparel Graphic Design

Despite the many digital design tools available for modern day graphic designers, it seems that organic forms and imperfect lines are favored over structural elements for Spring graphic designs this year, according to leading trend forecasters.

In its Springtime Stitch: Original Graphics – Women report, leading fashion forecast and trend analysis company Stylesight cites “a fresh series of original graphics, depicting hand stitched portraits and floral illustrations, with loose and delicate lines” for Spring 2013.

Design elements of this graphic design trend include:

  • Continuous line drawings
  • Loose, delicate sketches
  • Stitched illustrations
  • Soft, feminine aesthetic
  • Inspired by nature
  • Flowers, leaves, insects and birds are key motifs
  • Monochromatic and pastel color palette
  • Watercolor textures
  • Handwritten text

“Inspired by nature, these graphics use watercolor markings and soft, pastel colors to portray a feminine, springtime story,” states Stylesight.

Graphic design trends 2013: "Springtime Stitch" according to leading trend forecast company, Stylesight.

Graphic design trends 2013: “Springtime Stitch” according to leading trend forecast company, Stylesight.

Above: 1 Bridget watercolor fashion illustration by Cate Parr // 2 Fashion illustration by FIDM Graphic Design Alumna Lucile Lesueur // 3 Dance Studio with Glitter print by Paper Fashion // 4 Fly Your Own Kite fashion illustration by RoEnArt // 5 Bird Illustration Giclee Print by FIDM Graphic Design Alumna Julia Walck // 6 The Owl and Cat Frank art print by Sonnenzimmer

With access to leading fashion trend reports 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/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, 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 mo’brien@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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