You can't use tattoo art as a reference. Tattoo art often fails to follow any rhyme or reasoning. It's always a one-off and created with the intention of a very narrow audience, not broader viewing. (And there's always someone at hand to immediately say: "No, it says xxxx.")
Bad design happens. There's no "Global Design Tribunal" which determines what one ...
Received typographic wisdom holds that Blackletter ("Old English", "Gothic") text only looks good in lower case or with initial capitalization — never with capital letters in series
If you ask me (and all sources I have ever read about the matter), the problem is not that all-caps blackletter does not look good. It just is very difficult to read due to the ...
I agree with some of the other answers here that there really isn't a problem per se and that visually, Calibri can hold its own as a default system font. Here are some of the problems I've had with Calibri and why I try avoiding it.
Availability / Compatibility
Since this typeface was originally commissioned by Microsoft for the Microsoft Office Suite ...
I think the main factor at work here is the fact that it's default.
Just like Arial before it, Calibri is the default typeface in Microsoft Office. Hence, anyone who doesn't care about typeface will automatically use Calibri. This makes anything that actually uses Calibri look amateur, as if no attention was spent on choosing a typeface.
If you use the ...
1) What creates a design trend? One person? A large company rebranding?
Trends have to start somewhere. They'll either start with something that designers catch and spread, or they'll start with something that clients love and demand. Responsive Web Design is a good example of the former - people want mobile sites, but there are a lot of ways to do that, ...
There are actually many ways to accomplish rounded shapes....
You can draw circles at ends of rectangles and use Pathfinder or the Shape Builder Tool.
You can use Effect > Stylize > Round Corners
You can use VectorScribe from Astute Graphics (third party $$ plug in -- See note below).
You can use thick strokes with round end caps.
And then, of course, ...
The 90s had quite a few styles over the span of that decade that I think would be identifiable as big graphic design trends.
It started with a holdover from the late 80s that I'd perhaps call 'neon':
The mid-90s were dominated both visually and musically by the grunge/seattle-sound. Two of the big names from that era would have been Art Chantry (and a lot ...
None, beyond possible sources of inspiration or "what to avoid" lists.
All those "trend" articles are written by one person expressing their opinion. (Different person for each article). They are no more valid that any article written by anyone stating what trends will be. There's no science behind the "trend" proclamations, merely observations by one ...
This seems like a trend thing. since calibri is packed with microsoft office since 2007 on, it is getting a bit overused and people are grabbing it to put it in stuff not office-related. Calibri is also a clear type optimised font, so it is not exactly adequated for print i guess.
The pattern overlay is a useful design tool and it can serve a few purposes. As previously mentioned, it can help visually separate graphic elements on the page, but it also helps hide imperfections/jpeg compression artifacts in lower-res images that are being oversampled to fill an HD (1920 x 1080) display.
I will sometimes use a pattern overlay to unify ...
Not sure if this is a good fit for SE, as it'd take a lot of work to make an exhaustive list, but I'll give it a go...
Breakthroughs in web design (not sure these all fit your definition of 'design trend' but they certainly influence what was done visually.)
(In very roughly chronological order...)
the invention of the web (Tim Berners-Lee)
Mosaic (first ...
A few thoughts. Well, there's nothing wrong with it technically - it's legible, it's designed by an expert and it has a very full character set, so it can handle any challenge like obscure currencies, languages and math symbols. But printed out or on a good screen the rather high x-height (tall/wide lower-case) looks dreary - the lower-case looks a bit too ...
I've been approached a number of times by clients who've trawled through such lists for their initial ideas, and although it can cause some interesting frustrations in expectations and communication if not properly managed, I've evolved my view on these in that it no longer bothers me, and in fact I now welcome it.
I encourage them to show me what they like,...
A luxury logo is a logo that is attached to a luxury brand.
In that sense, there's nothing in particular style-wise that makes a logo luxurious. But lots of things could imply it:
high attention paid to typography
'luxurious' stylizing (think expensive implementation such as engraving, etching, gold plating, etc.)
Are there any modern works, that you would consider inspired by 90s?
Hotline Miami for example has a graphic style, that i would say is very 80s, but also modern.
The thing is, some trends stick and become "classics" in a way. They have personality, an identity to refer to in a way. And trends often get on a cycle, they rotate and evolve. ...
As Alin accurately states in the comments, the title of the image gives away the style name - flat design, in this case used on a website design.
For more information, check out our tag for it: flat-design
1) What creates a design trend? One person? A large company
Usually one person with a group of people designing their interpretation of the original designer's work.
2) Should you always try and stick with the newest trend? Or can you
stick with the old things?
One thing with trends is they will come and go. If you always design for a ...
Nobody knows what a bell is or sees bells on a phone. That logo doesn't make any sense today. There's nothing wrong with the drawing of it--that's like something rom an icon font, there's probably an HTML code for it. What's wrong is that it is an icon of something that nobody thinks of when they think of phones.
On the other hand I don't think that the ...
I think the use of the word "modern" here is very broad, and usually means - minimalistic, clean, geometrical, efficient
basically it means remove all unnecessary decorations and put the content in the center
some tips to achieve modern look for your UI
typography - prefer sans-serif fonts
fonts - google fonts is a good source
colors - colorhunt is a ...
I don't think it's a trend, just a matter of practicality/convenience.
Firstly, I reckon it's not a vector line with end caps, because the text is quite obviously scanned or photographed, and the highlight has probably been added using a raster image editor like Photoshop or GIMP (or virtually any half decent raster image editor) using a round brush tip. No ...
The small trick with Pen Tool is to use it with Shift. This is related to the question as-is. There are a lot of ways to make the shapes you mentioned.
You place the Point in every place where the curve changes its direction. When you press Shift you get straight lines and dragging the handles will create nice round curves - as on this 1 minute picture.
I don't know what kind of GIF your boss wants. But you can always search for trends on popular designer's sites like dribbble. Honestly you have to do the research yourself, Google is your friend.
GIFs are short videos/animations, so the same fundamentals apply. Because they can be 2D or 3D the list of software to create them is too large to include here, ...
Photoshop with coloured rounded rectangle overlayed probably. Can be done in just about every photo editing app.
As you can see from the woncky angle it is a picture and not live digital text. Colour overlay is also not perfectly aligned with text angle – which you would expect from an app that highlights the text.
I would call it ultra contemporary or minimalist with hierarchal and visual weight.
It looks very "Bauhaus". Their design philosophy revolved around things being:
Bill Gardner, a logo designer and the creator of the website LogoLounge, publishes an annual review of the trends in logo design that he has identified over the course of the past year. In 2008, he identified a trend that he called "Facets." Here are the examples he provided:
In his 2014 trend report, he includes "Flat Facets"
His 2014 description of the ...
There are 2 terms that describe this artwork:
Flat Low Poly
A search on Youtube brings similar results to your example.
Here is another example of it being called "Low poly."
Flat Geometric Design
This Youtube video shows a ...
[This question is very speculative as there is no definitive answer as such. But here are a few pointers.]
When communicating a certain era through design, look to fashion, history, power-influences and the zeitgeist in general.
A Case Study: Early 90s Clubbing Culture
For example, in late 80s-early 90s Britain, a "working-class" fashion trend which ...