Graphic Design Trends 2013

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.

The FIDMDigitalArts.com Blog publishes graphic design trend reports every Tuesday. Browse  2012 graphic design trends here.

December 3, 2013

Funky patterns on T-shirt breast pockets is a popular graphic design trend according to Stylesight. The “Pocket Prints” graphic design trend was spotted in leading streetwear, skate and surfing apparel brands at the Agenda, London Edge, Bright and Outdoor Retailer trade shows this year.

“Pockets take center stage with contrasting allover prints,” states the trend forecast and analysis company in its Active Trade Show Wrap: Prints & Graphics S/S 14 report.

Design elements that define this trend include:

  • Varying prints from classic camouflage to tropical patterns
  • Florals, from sweet ditsies to dark, romantic blooms
  • Brightly colored pockets are the focus, replacing conventional T-shirt graphics

See examples below:

2013 Graphic Design Trends: Pocket Prints

Graphic design trends 2013: Pocket Prints on T-shirts according to Stylesight.

Graphic design trends 2013: Pocket Prints on T-shirts according to Stylesight.

Above: 1 Gray floral pocket print T-shirt by Smooth Sailing Clothing Co. //  2 Men crew neck pocket short sleeve T-shirts by Uniqlo // 3 Vapro men’s T-Shirt via ElevenParis.com // 4 Contrast pocket T-shirt by Jackthreads // 5 Apparel graphic design concept for “Avid” brand by FIDM Graphic Design Student Brian Flores

October 3, 2013

Apple recently gave its iPhones and iPads a facelift with the launch of its new operating system iOS 7, stripping away small design details like drop shadows and high gloss from their default icons and opting for a simplified design which has launched the term “flat design” into the mainstream.

Graphic design trends 2013: flat web graphics.

Graphic design trends 2013: flat web graphics.

Apple states

“Nothing we’ve ever created has been designed just to look beautiful. That’s approaching the opportunity from the wrong end. Instead, as we reconsidered iOS, our purpose was to create an experience that was simpler, more useful, and more enjoyable — while building on the things people love about iOS. Ultimately, redesigning the way it works led us to redesign the way it looks. Because good design is design that’s in service of the experience.

Simplicity is often equated with minimalism. Yet true simplicity is so much more than just the absence of clutter or the removal of decoration. It’s about offering up the right things, in the right place, right when you need them. It’s about bringing order to complexity. And it’s about making something that always seems to ‘just work.’ When you pick something up for the first time and already know how to do the things you want to do, that’s simplicity.”

While iPhone/iPad app designers scramble to redesign their icons to match Apple’s slick new look, they have a lot of other web, social and mobile brands that have opted for a flat design in their graphics, logos and branding  recently:

Graphic design trends 2013: flat web graphics

Graphic design trends 2013: flat web graphics

July 9th, 2013

Leading fashion forecast and trend analysis company Stylesight focuses its attention on the gingham design style for summer 2013.

Traditionally, gingham has been associated with picnics as it’s commonly portrayed in pop culture as the “go-to” style of blanket. For this reason gingham is a summer trend that gives an outdoor, refreshing, and warm vibe. Recently, gingham has been used for an array of products including fashion design,  product packaging, stationary, interior design, furniture design and others. Be sure not to confuse gingham style with gangnam style.

“The first summer days are here, and gingham takes center stage from fashion to interiors with a freshness that evokes outdoor times and picnics,” states Stylesight.

See examples below:

Gingham Style 2013 Design Trend

Above:

1) Three Gingham Pitchers from Horchow

2) Kinser Event Company: Lemonade Stand Party Printables

3) Let’s Picnic Invitation by Eat Drink Chic

4) Kate Spade New York Gingham Phone Case for iPhone® 5

5) Gingham Holiday Printables

 

May 29, 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

May 7, 2013

Stylesight, recently sought out fresh art and graphic design trends at Pictoplasma 2013, a “growing celebration of contemporary character art, showcasing a collection of talented international artists and designers.”

After attending the Berlin-based art conference, which included lectures, animation screenings, contemporary character designer and exhibitions from more than 50 international artists, Stylesight pinpointed current graphic design and illustration styles like the one described below dubbed “Simplified Shapes.”

“Clean solid shapes carry an element of bold simplicity,” states Stylesight in its Lifestyle & Culture: Attitudes Pictoplasma 2013 report.

Design principles that define the Simplified Shapes trend include:

  • Simplified illustrations
  • Clean playful graphic styles
  • Basic patterns and color

See examples below:

Simplified Shapes Graphic Design Trend

"Simplified Shapes" graphic design trend as defined by leading fashion trend and analysis company Stylesight.

“Simplified Shapes” graphic design trend as defined by leading fashion trend and analysis company Stylesight at Pictoplasma art conference.

Above: 1 Illustration by Sue Doeksen // 2 CBS poster series by graphic designer Ty Mattson of Mattson Creative // 3 “Bar Sport Italia”, an illustration about the current political language in Italy by Olimpia Zagnoli // 4 Wallpaper collection for Coordonné by Blanca Gómez // 5 Apparel and product marketing campaign concept for imagined children’s apparel brand “Dummieland” by FIDM Graphic Design/Branding Alumna Van Do // 6 Bicycle poster by Eleanor Grosch. Image courtesy of Poster Cabaret

April 30, 2013

Negative space takes center stage in current packaging design trends, according to Stylesight in its Prints & Graphics: Packaging Highlights March 2013 report. This “Minimal Mind” graphic design trend favors immaculate white space and minimal graphics over decorative graphic design elements.

“Pristine packaging alludes an über contemporary feel,” states Stylesight.

Additional design elements that define this trend include:

  • Immaculate white is used as a basis for all materials and packaging
  • Minimal graphics and type
  • Pure and simple branding
  • New organic approach
  • Small and subtle pops of color appear through paint drips, tiny circles, type and simple illustrations

See examples below:

Minimal Mind

"Minimal Mind" graphic design trend in packaging, according to leading fashion forecast company, Stylesight.

“Minimal Mind” graphic design trend in packaging, according to leading fashion forecast company, Stylesight.

Above: 1 “Concept 3” body spray packaging concept designed by FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus Prat Chandran // 2 Alishan Tea Packaging by Victor Design (Taiwan). Image via The Dieline.com // 3 Eighthirty Coffee Roasters’ packaging designed by Butcher & Butcher ltd (New Zealand) //  4 Biržų Duona bakery packaging designed by Lithuanian-based graphic designer Edvardas Kavarskas // 5 “Drip” shaving products packaging for Autstralia-based boutique hotel, The Cullen, designed by graphic designer Kristian Mjøset

March 19, 2013

Stylesight takes a “global look at new packaging developments, exploring innovative structures and materials as well as color, graphic and pattern applications” in its most recent Prints & Graphics: Packaging Highlights March 2013 report. All black color is used in food, beverage and cosmetic packaging to communicate a sense of quality in packaging design trends for 2013. Check out how a dark palette transforms a Domino’s Pizza box, for example.

“All over black brings luxury to high end packaging,” states Stylesight.

Additional design elements that define this trend include:

  • Tone-on-tone approach
  • Highly polished glass
  • Gloss printing provides added value
  • Pure and simple fonts
  • Combination of matte and high-shine surfaces reflect varying shades of black
  • Wax sealed initials on trinkets verify the brands identity

Blackout Packaging

Graphic design trends 2013: Stylesight pinpoints all-black motifs in luxurious, high-end packaging.

Graphic design trends 2013: Stylesight pinpoints all-black motifs in luxurious, high-end packaging.

Above: 1 7215 organic quality coffee packaging designed by graphic designer Matilda Hedman of Blanc. Image courtesy of Lovelypackage.com // 2 Domino’s Handmade Pan Pizza boxes designed by Crispin Porter + Bogusky. Image courtesy of LovelyPackage.com // 3 Hudson Made fancy black soap packaging designed by Hovard Design // 4 Espresso Republic’s Black Goat Coffee packaging designed by, Salih Kucukaga Design Studio. Image courtesy of TheDieline.com //5 Lithuania vodka, black edition packaging designed by graphic design firm, Studija Creata. Image courtesy of Lovelypackage.com // 6 Wine bottle packaging concept for “Onyx” by FIDM Graphic Design/Branding Alumna, Brittany Javalera

February 25, 2013

It appears that urban and streetwear fashion retailers have kitty fever for both men’s and women’s apparel graphics for 2013. Leading trend forecast and analysis company, Stylesight, reported its graphic design trend findings after attending Magic Market Week’s Pool & Capsule tradeshow last week in Las Vegas.

One of the big graphic design trends for 2013 is furry felines.

“These fluffy friends were represented in all possible ways– cats in hats, cheerleader cats, laser cats, retro photo-real cats,” says Stylesight in Graphic Trends at Magic Market Week report. “It’s all about the meow-of-now and designers and buyers alike just can’t seem to get enough.”

Check out examples below:

Cat Power Graphic Design Trend 2013

Apparel graphic design trends 2013: cats for men and women's apparel, as cited by Stylesight at MAGIC Market Week’s Pool & Capsule show.

Apparel graphic design trends 2013: cats for men and women’s apparel, as cited by Stylesight at MAGIC Market Week’s Pool & Capsule show.

Above: 1 Apparel graphic design concepts by FIDM Graphic Design Alumna Bana Bongolan // 2 Cat button design by Arm the Animals // 3 Chocolate Kitten Cobain Tee by Wildfox Couture // 4 Riot Society Meow You Doin men’s tee via Urban Outfitters // 5 Purramid Print by Toddland // 6 Pew Pew Kittens Orange unisex tee by Choke Shirt Company

February 19, 2013

It’s pretty common for confectionary packaging to offer decadent designs as tasty as the treats they house, and we love the fair share of retro design pieces spotted at  The International Sweets and Biscuits Fair (ISM) by leading fashion trend forecast and analysis company, Stylesight.

“Showcasing a stunning and stimulating portfolio of brands and products to an international audience of trade visitors, ISM was a one-stop shop for absorbing the leading trends in food packaging design,” states Stylesight in its Tradeshows: ISM Cologne 2013 report.

Driven by hand-lettered typographic-driven designs, retro icons, and pastel colors, the “Sweet Nostalgia” graphic design trend pays homage to retro sweet shops, according to Stylesight.

Design elements that define this trend include:

  • Pastel colors and bold vertical stripes
  • Spots and polka dots
  • Kitsch vintage typography
  • Mix of retro and slanted fonts
  • Handwriting vs. block fonts
Take a look at these delicious examples below:

Sweet Nostalgia Packaging Design Trend

Graphic design trends 2013: "Sweet Nostalgia" retro confectionary packaging as cited by Stylesight.

Graphic design trends 2013: “Sweet Nostalgia” retro confectionary packaging as cited by Stylesight. 

Above: 1 Willa’s Shortbread packaging designed by Anderson Design Group (image via The Dieline) // 2 Valentine’s Day chocolate wrapper by Love vs. Design (which is available to download for free here) // 3 Chacha confection packaging concepts by FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus Jayson Cainguitan // 4 “Chocolates with Attitude” specialty chocolate gift packaging by Bessermachen Design Studio // 5 Confectionary packaging by Mr. Stanley // Red Ganache Lovebugs specialty chocolates by John & Kira’s

February 13, 2013

London’s Edge tradeshow highlights the latest trends in graphics and prints for the goth, punk and skateboarding markets, featuring both emerging and established action sports and lifestyle brands. Delivering details to us from across the ocean was leading trend forecast and analysis company Stylesight, who recently reported their findings for Spring/Summer 2013.

One graphic design trend spotted by Stylesight included tattooed pin-ups inspired by macabre themes, heavy in detail and fluid line work.

“Memories of the goth and punk vibe are illustrated and revived,” states Stylesight in its London S/S 13 Edge report.

Design elements that define this trend, dubbed “Miss Tattoo,” include:

  • Graphics inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead
  • Female portraits as the focus of attention
  • Classic rose tattoos intertwine with female figures
  • Black, white and vivid red as dominant colors

See examples below:

“Miss Tattoo” Graphic Design Trend

Graphic design trends 2013: "Miss Tattoo" in apparel graphics as predicted by Stylesight.

Graphic design trends 2013: “Miss Tattoo” in apparel graphics as predicted by Stylesight.

Above: 1 Gypsy 4 men’s T-shirt (left) and Mirror men’s T-shirt by Liquorbrand // 2 VM Roses Crew T-shirt by Sullen Clothing // 3 Dead Dancer women’s tattoo tee by 2K2BT // 4 Graphic T-shirts designed by FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus Danny Osterman

February 5, 2013

Stylesight noted “Quirky Characters” as an upcoming graphic design trend in its BRIGHT Prints & Graphics F/W 13 report stating “character tees are given a humorous and artistic look.”

Design elements that define this trend include:

  • Personified objects; the stranger the better
  • Urban illustrative styles
  • Comical cartoon faces drawn on food and drink
  • Characters wearing sneakers and caps to emphasize the streetwear feel
  • Cartoons have gangly arms and legs for a goofy look

Browse examples below.

Quirky Characters

"Quirky Characters" graphic design trend 2013 as noted by Stylesight at BRIGHT F/W 2013

“Quirky Characters” graphic design trend 2013 as noted by Stylesight at BRIGHT F/W 2013

Above: 1 Men’s graphic tee concept for Toby Clothing by FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus Justin Hellwig // 2 Bananadap T-shirt concept by FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus Josh Mandap // 3 Astro – White T-shirt by Dephect // 4 IC Backbone T-shirt by Billionaire Boys Club // 5 Sody Surf T-Shirt – White by Stussy //  6 “Sombrero Toast” Women Scoop Neck Tee by Cleptomanicx

January 31, 2013

Leading fashion trend forecasting and analysis service WGSN cites “super-minimal typography and bold numbers” in simple colorways as key design elements for men’s casualwear, street and denim brands.

“Moving away from multicolored and pictorial influences, designs are simple, referencing the classic varsity style for single color typographic designs,” states Alice Clarkson of WGSN.

In another report compiled by WGSN’s Lucesca Holmes, other trendy design elements include:

  • Graphic pocket details: “Styles range from printed graphics to bold typography and woven pattern applications.”
  • Pattern-filled logos: “Pattern infills are an important commercial update for branded logos and type. Imagery ranges from skateboarding photography to decorative patterns that cross-merchandise with other pieces in a brand’s seasonal range.”
  • Contrast raglan-style tees: “Raglan sleeves are a key detail this season as either three-quarter or full length shapes update tees. The most directional styles incorporate centre-front chest or back graphic motifs as well as large-scale branded logos in bi- or tri-color combinations to create a clean, sporty sentiment.”

Browse examples below from leading brands like RVCA, OBEY, Stussy, and Adidas; edgy lifestyle brands like Supreme, Crooks & Castles, Society Clothing and Brixton; and emerging streetwear labels like Password Athletics and Brothers Stret Luxri, owned by graduates of FIDM.

Athletic-Inspired Men’s Casual Wear

Graphic design trends 2013: pocket details, minimal varsity lettering, contrast raglan and pattern in-fills.

Graphic design trends 2013: pocket details, minimal varsity lettering, contrast raglan and pattern in-fills.

Above: 1 Small Check Pocket Tee by Huf // 2 Metallic Paisley Boxy Tank by Brothers Stret Luxri, owned by FIDM Graphic Design Student Joshua Lirio // 3 Win T-shirt (back) by Password Athletics, owned by FIDM Alumnus Miguel Urias// 4 Supreme/Champion® Parka (back) // 5 Stussy+80 Tee by Stussy // 6 Ignite graphic burnout raglan men’s tee by Society Clothing // 7  Cub baseball-style raglan by Brixton // 8 All City Champs 2 Baseball Tee by OBEY // 9 The Woods Tee by RVCA // 10 Regalia Men’s Knit Crew T-shirt by Crooks & Castles // 11 Unisex Hype.Flower Tee by Hype// 12 Men’s Adidas Originals’ Adi Camo Trefoil Hoodie 

January 15, 2013

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.

Springtime Stitch

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

January 8, 2013

We’ve come to expect consistent high-fashion and packaging trend reports from Stylesight, but every once in a while the fashion forecast and trend analysis company releases some great urban street style reports, like their most recent trend forecast Brand Watch: Graphic Tees S/S 13. Highlighting some of the most “impactful graphic T-shirt collections on the market for Spring/Summer 2013,” Stylesight points to the following urban streetwear brands:

  • Young Lovers: “Witty and clean silhouette graphics with a range of branded slogans and 80s-inspired iconography.”
  • UNIF: “L.A.’s edgiest new label offering provocative and punk rock T-shirts.”
  • The Orphan’s Arms: “Sweet and dreamy collection of graphic tops inspired by English literature and history,” and
  • Rum Knuckles: “London T-shirt line from a skate-world artist creating pin-up and graffiti-themed designs.”

Urban Graphic Tee Roundup

2013 graphic design trends: Excerpts from Stylesight's "Brand Watch: Graphic Tees S/S 13" report.

2013 graphic design trends: Leading urban/streetwear brands according Stylesight’s “Brand Watch: Graphic Tees S/S 13″ report. Credits below.

Above: Woe Anchor grey pullover by The Orphan’s Arms // 2 UNIF’s women’s T-shirt from the “Nothing Lasts Whatever” collection //  3 Dylan x Beethoven T-shirt by Young Lover // 4 Marilyn “limited edition” pink print by Rum Knuckles

Stylesight inspired us to gather some of our favorite urban streetwear-inspired T-shirt designs by recent Graphic Design graduates of FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Some of the trends we’re seeing from these young up-and-coming designers include:

  • “Secret society” inspired icons,
  • Play with graffiti
  • Bold athletic-style typography and
  • Illustrative motifs.

Check out the selection below:

2013 graphic design trends: urban streetwear T-shirt designs including "secret society" icons, illustrative motifs and bold athletic typography.

2013 graphic design trends: urban streetwear T-shirt designs including “secret society” icons, illustrative motifs and bold athletic typography.

Above: “Be Classy” T-shirt by IN//BEINHABITEDFIDM Graphic Design Alumna Bana Bongolan’s brand  // 2 “Depict” T-shirt design concept by FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus Martin Murillo // 3 “Grind” T-shirt design concept by FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus Glen Sese // 4 “Stay Sharp” T-shirt design concept by FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus Brandon Lozano // 5 T-Shirt design concept by FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus Danny Osterman // 6 Graphic design T-shirt concept by FIDM Graphic Design Alumnus Ryan Beckman.

 

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