为和大家分享关于设计趋势的见解，ISUX研究了2019-2020的设计趋势。没有必要去遵循年度设计趋势报告，但是否意识到这一趋势，对设计师而言却非常重要。首先我们总结了平面设计的总体趋势，然后是最近延展出来的IP形象，同时也对从Zepeto app 和 Memoji开始的，最近扩展出来的角色设计趋势有所研究，最后则是UX趋势的分析。
ISUX has done a design trend research to share insights on 2019 - 2020 design trends. It is not necessary to follow the annual design trend report, but it is important whether the designer is aware of the trend.First, we summarized the overall graphic designtrends and then went through the recent expansion of the character market.Also, we have researched the avatar design trends started from the Zepeto appand Memoji and analyzed the UX trend for the last.
In this article, we would like to share ‘General Design Trends’, the first part of the ISUX design trend report. ‘General Design Trends’ shows recent branding and motion graphic cases and summarizes 12 notable trends in graphic design.
Typography is constantly an important element in design and is used as a method of delivering strong brand messages. Since last year, a lot of brands applied bold San-serif fonts or used strong typography on their designs which has made this become a part of graphic design trend. In addition, there are a lot of typography cases that applying motions and can also ﬁnd cases applying three-dimensional effect to typography reﬂecting 3D trends.
This is a moving poster design with a kinetic typography concept. Beyond simply placing image and text, three dimensionally moving text over a ﬁxed image conveys a new impression. These graphics are mainly shared through SNS in forms of short looping video.
Uber developed San-Serif brand fonts along with logo redesign and applied them throughout the brand system. Uber's moving posters designed with their brand font delivers Uber’s brand messages more strongly.
Dia studio often applies kinetic typography to their branding projects. This ’Squarespace’ branding is one of their representative portfolio.
A typography made with design event information applied in 3D form as if it were a gift wrapping. A looping gif image was applied as a main graphic.
The Nike Women's advertising campaign in which Korean celebrities appear to support the subjective life of women, also applied bold gothic for their font. This font, designed by Design Studio Guteform basically has an extended form and also has a system that extends to a wider format to match with the proportion of the media. Dynamic and intense typography delivers messages of the campaign and interacts with other design elements which maximizes the graphic effect.。
As Instagram applied colorful gradient for their brand color, color gradient trends have been going on for several years. Recently, bright and strong contrasted colors have been used in all graphics of branding, UI, and package design and this trend is applied not only to graphics but also to photography. The strong color combination, dreamy color tone and colorful gradient are expected to be applied to overall design in 2019-2020.
Recently a lot of mobile apps apply colorful gradients on their icon design.
Eurosport's 2018 PyeongChang Olympic broadcast also applied strong color gradient to all the application designs including logos, graphics and photography. Especially, the contrast of ﬂuorescent graphic and the dark background emphasis the feeling of winter sports.
This is a rebranding project of NBA news broadcasting company which reﬂects the latest trends like using colorful gradients and bold typography. They applied a system which various graphic outputs can come out by applying various colors, fonts and layouts.
A branding for Tencent Video and Wajijiwa’s idol audition program ‘Mingri Zhi Zi’, expressing the talents of the participants with colorful gradients in different forms of circles. Graphic motifs changes with participants as the program goes on.
Recently, asymmetric layout which only shows a part of the entire image has been applied a lot compared to the past when it was often designed based on the fixed grid system. Although each application seems to show only a part of the entire image, designers can apply the graphics to each applications that extend infinitely in a large system. By applying asymmetric layout, designer can have more freedom about applying the graphics elements which can convey a strong impression.
Vasjen Katro who designs various graphics, keep tries experiments with shapes, colors and layouts reﬂecting recent trends. Especially, there are many asymmetrical and open layouts which are recent trends.
The branding of easy peasy, Korea's leading cosmetics company Amore’s independent cosmetic brand tried to make the color cosmetics brand feel easier and more familiar based on the brand keywords easy, active, fun, bold and chat. In particular, the curves that seem to be drawn freely by hand applied throughout the graphics making all the graphics asymmetrical, and to express free and friendly brand image.
The moving logo that has been already a trend for years and now there are some branding cases that applies interactive elements. Rather than applying a strong and powerful logo, ﬂexible and easy brand communication method has became a trend by using interactive identity which responds and changes regarding to the contents.
It is an example of identity that can expand it’s shape into various shapes and patterns using a simple square as a basic shape. The basic elements are maintained simple, maximizing the effect of interactive image.
SM Entertainment, one of Korea's largest entertainment agencies has developed a new brand identity that can reﬂect their expanding business. It is a ﬂexible identity which basic circle form changes it’s form into various shape as connected S and M. The ﬂexible symbol and the circular pattern of various colors are the core of SM Entertainment’s visual identity.
This is an interesting identity case of a movie festival designed with the images of ﬁlm reel tangled instead of the formal festival logo. It is not a ﬁxed image, but a complex tangled ﬁlm form, reﬂecting various colors and images in a complex way, expressing the purpose of the festival to convey various stories and emotions through movies.
The basic rectangle unit conveying the core message of the exhibition is repeatedly copied in to 3 dimensional space which express the identity of the exhibition. Throughout the exhibition hall, you can see that this identity has applied in interactive and modiﬁed forms, which has also been applied to various applications in different shapes.
3D trend has been so popular that graphic trends can not be discussed without it. Nowadays there are many attempts to show more vivid and fresh impression by applying sophisticated texture to 3D images. People are defining a new realism by adding a realistic texture to the geometric 3D forms which creates graphics that can not exist in reality.
George Stoyanov 3D插画
George Stoyanov expressed the beauty of shape by compositing various geometric forms. This kind of visual attempts are interesting because it is difﬁcult to make in reality.
Adobe Think Tank 视觉图形
这张图像由不同形状、纹理和颜色的几何物体设计而成，表达了Adobe Think Tank包含各种主题论坛的品牌特征。
This image was designed with geometric objects of different shapes, textures and colors expressing the identity of Adobe Think Tank which is a forum contained with various topics.
The Hyundai ‘Super Consumers’品牌视频
By applying various materials and colors to the shapes of people walking conveys an unrealistic and fresh impression.
The main copy “cozy” feeling is applied as soft fur material which give a new impression. This unrealistic graphics in a realistic texture gives a fresh feeling.
Using organic graphics is not a new trend, but we can ﬁnd there are lot of graphics using the effects of expressing liquids such as water and oil also for this year. It is sometimes used as a graphic motif of brand identity, but you can feel the trend strongly in short motion graphics made in 3D form. This organic shape with intense colors and gradients conveys a sophisticated and dreamy feel.
Organic forms are often applied in 3D, and this trend is widely applied in short video work shared on SNS. Especially for this year, there are many cases which transparent texture is applied to 3D organism form. This transparent material reﬂects the surrounding color and creates a mysterious atmosphere by applying various colors.
Peacock Society 2018 品牌识别
By applying bright and colorful gradient to organic shapes, this graphics express the identity of electronic music festivals in Paris.
Illustrations once had been backed up in trend by various graphics using photographs but now became a strong design trend. Lot of brands are trying to use graphics that can give a new impression to their brands by hiring famous illustrators. In addition to 2D illustrations, 3D character illustrations have become a trend since last year and more cases are being used for branding.
The illustration style applied in Uber’s new identity are the fun elements in the concisely organized brand system.
It is a brand video of Spotify using 2D illustration applying hand-drawn texture, simple color, a person’s form with big limbs which are the recent illustration trends.
This is an example of 2D pattern design based on 3D character which is applied on package design and to the brand video.
Isometric is to draw 2D graphics in to three dimension which has been a trend widely applied in graphics and motion videos recently. Lot of designers use this technique to give a new impression by showing the whole graphic in one frame and creating a playful and unique atmosphere. It seems that isometric will be also popular this year as last year.
The illustrator Mohamed Samir who often uses isometric techniques and colorful gradients designed a series of interesting posters.
The isometric method can give an impression that objects become like a miniature. Recently, a lot of cases can be seen which have made the screen more special and interesting using this isometric technique.
Combining various type of graphics from different media was a common way to have an interesting effect from the past. Recently, lot of cases can be found combining bold colors, realistic photographs and 3D images to give a fresh impression. Realistic images or videos combined with ﬂat elements are considered to be one of the major trends of 2019.
When 2D and 3D images are combined, three-dimensional effect can be more prominent and special. These videos are good cases using this method.
Converse's campaign video is a good design case of a mixture of shooting videos and 2D graphics.
By adding glowing scribble animations to live-action videos, the videos can be more dynamical and interesting. Recently, more videos of dancers and singers in SNS platform apply this kind of effect.
There are a lot of work that is hard to know whether it is 2D or 3D. These videos can convey a new feeling by expressing the motion of the object in three dimensions rather than simply using 2D graphics.
As sharing graphics and images through SNS has become very common, short and repetitive motion graphics can be easily seen. Logos, 2D illustrations, 3D images, and various graphics are all shared in a short looping animation form.
These short videos convey unique and fun image by repeatedly applying short actions to a simple and ﬂat illustrations.
As 3D is the main trend, short and repetitive images using 3D are also noticeable. Adding the real texture and effects of 3D can convey unique feeling.
The development of AR/VR technology had a great impact on graphic and multimedia design trends. Recently, these new technologies lead people to have three dimensional brand experience.
Le Graphisme Augmente 图形海报
Even though it is a printed poster, it allows people to have interactive experience using 3D AR technology through a printed material. Printed poster contains only simple geometric graphics and minimal information, but when you see the poster through your mobile, you will get more information and see three dimensional shapes.
Apple Music x Memoji 广告
Apple使用基于AR技术的memoji来推广Apple music。著名艺术家如Ariana Grande推出了他们的最新歌曲，通过这支广告，Apple一起宣传了Apple Music和memoji。
Apple used the memoji to advertise Apple music which is based on AR technology. The famous artists such as Ariana Grande promoted their latest songs, while Apple had advertised Apple Music and memoji together through this ad.
This is a Shanghai Nike’s 360-degree online retail shop project through VR technology that allows you to purchase and experience services based on the amount of sweat that you made through exercise.
It is Audi’s project that use AR technology to bring the car to its own place and allow the consumers to actively experience driving the car.
2018年英雄联盟的开幕舞台利用AR技术，使演唱POP / Stars的真人歌手和游戏里K / DA角色一起同台演出。这些被实时跟踪的角色，在实际舞台上带来了真实的表演效果。
The real singers who sang POP/Stars on the opening stage of the League of Legends 2018 and the characters of K/DA had stage together using AR technology. The characters were tracked in real time and gave the effect of performing on the actual stage.
New retro, which interprets retro in a modern sense, has became a new trend. New retro is a word that combines ‘New’ and ‘Retro’, a modern interpretation of nostalgia for the past. It has become a new trend not only in design but also in various fields such as fashion, architecture and pop culture.
Retro graphics and videos that reinterpret video games and Hollywood movies that were popular in the 80s and 90s became popular again.
Fritz Coﬀee Company品牌识别
As well known cafe branding case in Korea, Firtz Coffee created a unique brand identity with retro logo and graphics.
A trend does not ﬂow in one direction but can extend to various ways as we see how latest design trend reﬂects technologies such as 3D and AR/VR but also contains the retro style. I hope that these various design trends will be applied in a new way, so that new and interesting designs can be created.
Thanks for your reading and it comes to the end of Graphic Trends. IP Character Design Trends are coming soon…