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In 2019, you can expect to see plenty of digital and graphic design elements that create a sense of order, beauty, and self-awareness. Jarring colors become harmonious in tiled patterns and modern collages, exaggerated proportions make for delightful and inclusive illustrations, and glitches become an aesthetic all their own.

Like many trends across all branches, digital design in 2019 will feature a healthy dose of both nostalgia and futurism. With retro influences from brutalism, cubism, and abstract art, the design trends of 2019 are reinventing some of the most aggressively disruptive aesthetic movements of the past to create a bold and colorful vision for the digital future.

Also see our latest logo design & branding trends for 2019.

What are the top 2019 Graphic Design Trends?

Here are the top design trends that we predict will dominate the digital & offline landscape in 2019:

  1. Bookman & Oldstyle Serifs
  2. Custom Typefaces
  3. Eco Packaging
  4. San Serif Logos
  5. Retro Human Illustrations 
  6. Subtle Motion
  7. Memphis
  8. Digital Brutalism 
  9. Complex Gradients 
  10. Abstract Geometry 
  11. Evolved Patterns 
  12. Isometric Illustration 
  13. Broken Grid Layouts 
  14. Augmented Reality
  15. Modern Collage
  16. 3D Elements
  17. Variable Fonts

Bookman & Oldstyle Serifs

With the generic, sans-serif typeface being the face of nearly every global company, brands are now rebounding and bringing back some emotion in the form of personality-packed serif typefaces, often in Bookman, Oldstyle or transitional styles.

Graphic Design Trend - Oldstyle

Graphic Design Trend - Oldstyle Packaging

Olipop Dribbble

Custom Typefaces

All the big brands (AirBnb, Apple, Google, etc) are forking out the big bucks creating custom typefaces for their brands.

Can’t afford a custom typeface like the 99% of us? Look for something different when choosing a typeface. Instead of Gotham, try an alternative.

Netflix Sans

YouTube Sans Font

Eco Packaging 

Plastic is permanently on the news today, and to counter this mounting pressure from consumers, brands are reducing their use of plastic, such as Corona’s biodegradable beer packaging.

Graphic Design Trend - Eco Packaging

San Serif Logo Design Trend

After Airbnb and Google updated their logos to sans serif, a trend was born. The years following saw many big tech companies update their logos for a simplistic, homogeneous look. This approach allows for better representation on screens and at small sizes, but at the cost of individuality and memorability.

Logo Trends 2019 - Sans Serif

Fashion Logos Rebranding

Retro Human Illustrations

Exaggerated proportions and unrealistic coloring make for a delightful alternative to generic stock photos. You can even make your own retro human here.

Retro Humans Design Trend

retro human

Subtle Motion

Micro-interactions are nothing new, but their true value is now being realized, especially in web design where you can really maximize the “surprise & delight“.

3D Microinteraction

Micro Interaction Trend

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Memphis

The  Memphis design trend is a rebellion against strict grids, “good taste”, and meticulously arranged elements, often using patterns reminiscent of the 80s, Art Deco, Pop Art and 1950’s Kitsch.

Memphis Design Style

Memphis Design Trend: Website Checkout Trend

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Digital Brutalism

Clutter meets utilitarianism, eschewing basic tenets of user-friendliness and legibility in favor of a self-aware ugliness.

Brutalism Graphic Design Trend

broken grid

Complex Gradients

Vivid, dreamy color palettes and subtle shading add unreal depth to illustrations that would otherwise remain flat.

Complex Gradients Design Trend

complex gradients

Abstract Geometry & Shapes

Colorful, geometric and amorphous shapes convey a sense of playfulness and creativity.

Abstract Geometry Design Trend

abstract geometry

Abstract Geometry

Evolved Patterns

Complex lines, patterns, tiled fills and dramatic backdrops create striking contrasts, especially when used with negative space. 

Apple Patterns

evolved patterns

Isometric Illustration

Visual storytelling through elaborate yet simplified miniature landscapes or scenarios. 

Isometric Design

isometric illustration

Isometric VR

Broken Grid Layouts

Minimalism meets thoughtful disarray when design elements wander to create striking asymmetry. 

Broken Grid

Broken Grid 2

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality

What was thought to be a passing fad, Augmented Reality has since grown exponentially, especially in the mobile arena, developing a foothold in both consumer and business markets. And it is set to grow drastically in the next few years. Keep an ear out for the term Extended Reality (XR) which stands for any form of digitally altered reality, comprising Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), and Virtual Reality (VR).

Modern Collage

Blending distinct mediums like photos and vectors to create montages of digital clippings. 

Modern Collage

Modern Collage

3D Design

With flat being all the rage in the past few years, designers are giving new dimensions to their work by adding 3D elements.

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Variable Fonts

With variable fonts you just need one file because variable or generative fonts provide infinite number of letter weight and width adjustments. The possibilities of this are only just being tapped into, and will be sure be explored in 2019.

Variable Font Trend

Variable Font Trend

Logo Design Trends 2019

See our other article for the latest logo design & branding trends for 2019.

Logo Design Trends 2019

Graphic Design Trends 2019 Infographic

Here are the graphic design predictions for 2019.

Graphic Design Trends 2019

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What are some other trends you’ve noticed?

Credits: Thanks to Coastal Creative, Creative Market, Allie Mounce (Memphis), Diane Lindquist (Memphis Web), Brenttton (Complex Gradients), Peter Tarka (Isometric), DKNG (Abstract Geometry), Alex Spenser (Evolved Pattern), UI8 (Micro-Interaction), Kostia Varhatiuk (Broken Grid), Alex Benson (Broken Grid 2), Joanna Ławniczak (isometric), Folio Illustration Agency (3D), Nate Tate (Memphis), Minh Pham (Micro-interaction), Mike Creative Mints (3D), Guillaume Kurkdjian (3D), Tubik (Modern Collage). If I’ve missed anyone, let me know and I will add your credits!