Topic: Design | Reading time: 3-5 minutes

Starting from #5 down to #1, no messing about – here goes!


5. Open Compositions

Years and years of boxes and frames that encase elements in a strict gridded format. There’s a whole world outside of the grid, and 2019 is proving it perfectly.

These compositions embrace white space and demonstrate clear design hierarchy. Although broken up, the elements in these compositions feel loosely tethered to each other, as if they could float away. Often open-styled, seemingly chaotic, broken and cut-up, these compositions take a very strong design as the placement of each element is anything but random.





4. Mid-Century Modern

Shortly after the 1920s, multitudes of designers decided that function should dictate form, ditching the flashy designs and embracing stripped down and crisp line-work. While mid-century influence has been visible in areas such as interior design and fashion for the past few years, it’s also been steadily growing in the world of graphic design.

The illustration styles that harken back to the iconic advertising illustrations of the post-War era are making a prominent return in 2019, and similarly to that era, small companies and start-ups are recognising the power of personalised illustrative work. This design-style is taking both web and print by storm in 2019, whilst still retaining dreamy vintage colour palettes of the 1930s.





3. 3D

3D design elements are constantly growing in popularity this year. It’s a seemingly perfect way of illustrating humans and brand mascots in a more personal and relatable manner. It’s also fun!

Bringing design forward to work in 3D allows both the designers and clients to recreate their own worlds in constructing new environments and dimensions. Expect to see designers use 3D elements to enhance web pages, showcase their imagination, and to create the slow but sure world of Virtual Reality.





2. Sans-Serif & Variable Fonts

Lettering and typography are both such quintessential parts of most design work, and what better way of demonstrating your brand or product than with a recognisable type-face. In 2019 we’re seeing constant fusions of both serif and sans-serif fonts, as well as the continuing growth of variable fonts – which allows a single font file to store a continuous range of design variants, giving seamless adaptability in the ever-important early design-stages.

In 2019 it seems that size really does matter, throwing buxom serif font families into the mix, as well as sans-serif fonts so thick you could find them solely on a Jeremy Kyle re-run.





  1. Freestyle Illustrations & Doodles

A lot of recent design-work is a pop-culture push for authenticity and transparency. It seems in 2019 that this has resulted in a shift in illustration style which triumphantly celebrates the enjoyable imperfections in design, such as small doodles, stains, brushed elements, and organic textures.

This eclectic style will push designers away from rigid, grid-based layouts and toward a more asymmetrical approach using all of the above mentioned trends, resulting in extraordinary design with a sense of raw, kinetic movement.

This trend doesn’t necessarily mean that design is confined to producing projects on paper. More and more artists are taking to tablets for illustration due to the vast amount of creative freedom that both artists and clients can achieve when their vision is brought to life in a more creative, freestyle manner! 



So those are the most influential styles seen so far in 2019, but all in all it’s important to do what you’re good at, for example, there’s no point in chasing a £3k Cinema 4D license just because you’ve seen somebody else do something incredible with it (speaking from experience here).

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