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Outdated Graphic Design Trends You Need To Avoid

Trends don’t appear out of thin air. They appear as an extension of the social, political, and life-changing implication and shape the trends that we see in fashion, designing, and other things.
When you talk about graphic designing, we always say that creativity is in its best form when it doesn’t adhere to any rules, regulations, or trends. 

But the truth is that every creative decision we ever make while creating a design is inspired by some trend, and follows some basic principles. With them working as a base, we cannot create anything good. Graphic designing trends are many, and they keep increasing with every passing year. Some establish themselves as everlasting and become a classic design. 

Others don’t stay for long, but each one of them can affect your work. So, if you want to be on your best game while designing any graphic, make sure you monitor each trend passionately. Also, if they work for you, using them is a great idea.

On a similar note, there are tons of graphic designing trends that people follow blindly, which have no use or positive outcome. As a graphic designer, it is your job to be aware of such trends and discourage their use. In this blog, we will explore such designing trends that are outdated.

1. The trend of brighter and bolder colors

For a long time, people were using trends of neutral and dull colors. So, a bold and bright color trend was bound to come around. They attract more people, no doubt. But if you don’t use it properly, it can be a mess.

Bright colors make us squint our eyes. They are uncomfortable, especially if you enhance them. The thing about dull colors like peach or white is that we see them in nature constantly, and are used to them. But not with bright colors, no matter how appealing they are. Sometimes, they can make people uncomfortable and weird.

Bright colors overpower everything else. So, when you integrate it with text, design, font, and more for a branded image or more, it doesn’t integrate well. It overpowers everything, and most of the time, an image comes out messy.

However, you have to use bright colors. Otherwise, the whole design would look unappealing. So, use white space to balance it out. Also, don’t use bold colors right behind or near the main text.

2. Concentrating too much on detailing each design

As a graphic designer, you like to concentrate on each detail of the design, right? It is good to do this, but sometimes going overboard with this is not in your best interest.

If you concentrate a lot of time detailing a design with techniques and features that are of the highest quality, the result can come out messy or cluttered which is not what you want.
Sometimes, sticking to basic designing techniques and trends is the way to go.

3. Using typography which is bold

You can design anything without using impressive typography. It improves the text and readability of the message while optimizing the image too. One of the most recent trends in this is using bold typography. Designers use it because it can create a lasting impression on the mind of the audience.

It is a popular trend, but it does come with problems. For example, using bold typography makes the text into a visual, which if you think is good because we want people to take the visual in as they are lasting, then you are wrong. Even though it now works as a visual, people still have to read it. Now, they are switching between reading the text, checking the visuals, and making sense of it all, which is time-consuming.

Also, it looks like you are trying too hard. To use it in a better way, stick to fonts that are simple and use bold typography only on a text which is solving some issues for the customer.

4. Using stock images

Another trend that is quite strong these days is using stock images. They are easy to use, and you can find tons of websites where you can find lots of stock pictures of different types.

But they don’t appeal and if anyone can use them, which means a competitor can share a similar image. Thus, it is best to use original images. When you design your visuals on your own, it brings out its individuality and uniqueness.

With the help of the Canva, you can design your images and other visuals like infographic and more on your own.

5. Doing colorful minimalism

Minimalism is simple terms is removing any element that doesn’t have a use in design and keeping the ones that serve some function in it. It sounds like a positive trend, but it does have some risks. For instance, it is not easy to find a color that will go well with your minimalistic design. In such a design, people usually use black grey or white, and all these colors denote certain emotions. So, if you add other colors without proper planning, it can change the entire message.

When you add color in a minimalistic design, it works against the very nature of this principle because it is about removing things, not adding.

To work with this, you would need to add simple muted colors. Bold ones won’t work out great in these types of designs. Also, use other colors in a small way, and stick to the neutral black and white ones for details and texts.

6. Not having any white space

There was a time when using every inch of the designing space was necessary. It used to be cluttered and messy, so designers switched to leaving white space. Using the negative space in your design is good as long as you don’t make the entire graphic cluttered and unattractive.

If you are unable to do that, it is best to leave some white or negative space to give a better chance to your graphic.

Trends can make your design appealing and more interactive, but only if you use them in a correct manner. Using it without understanding the consequences can have a negative impact on the entire campaign.

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