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Graphic design predictions for 2016

As the year comes to an end we all start to look at what’s new for 2016, whether it is fashion, tech or even in the digital world. Our lead designer Becky Dunks has given her predictions for what she thinks is going to be big in graphic design for the upcoming year.

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More Colour 

There seems to be the growing trend of introducing more colour into designs, with the use of pastels featuring quite prominently. Designs which feature a 60s vibe through the clever use of colour, patterns and texture will be big news next year.


The greater use of white space and removing anything that may not be needed. I love the hamburger menu, which is an icon consisting of three lines usually in the top right of a screen. When you touch, tap or click on the icon, it opens up a side menu with a selection of options or additional pages. Another aspect of minimal design is having a monochrome colour scheme which uses varying shades of the same colour, this could possibly be big next year.

Grid Systems 

Asymmetric design through the use of clever and creative grids systems. Grids aren’t just useful for designers or developers - they’re good for the users too. Using a solid grid system throughout your designs will help you create consistency and familiarity which in turn will help the user build trust with your brand and designs.

Flat Design

Using shapes and elements in their rawest form gives a simple and clean feel, which ties in nicely with the minimal look. The combination of bright colours and simple typography has paved the way for unique flat interfaces. Sometimes users can get confused as to where it is there are meant to click on a flat design website so the clever use of ghost buttons designed as a transparent, yet clickable element, provide a visual interaction.


From engaging in micro interactions e.g. liking/leaving feedback on a website or changing the text size/colour for a better experience, to product interactions using 3D renders with interactive specification pin points. This year we have seen a lot of businesses expanding their markets by creating interactive designs, these not only help cement the relationship between brand and consumer but they also create a talking point that gives the business all important exposure through mediums such as social media.

There you have it, which prediction is your favourite or do you have any of your own?

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