2019 Graphic Design Trends You Need to Know


2019 Graphic Design Trends You Need to Know

Logo design for Co. Means Coffee by Canape Agency


In our annual trend report we present our predictions for the biggest graphic design trends for the year ahead.
These are the styles which we think you will see everywhere across print and web design so it pays to get ahead and tap into these trends while you can.
From the welcome return of serif fonts to rich blue palettes these are the trends we are tipping to be influential in 2019.

1. Circles

Trieste Estate Summer Festival branding by Studio Mut
If you want an edgy trend forward look for your poster and flyer designs in 2019 the lesson for next year is to use circles as your starting point.
This simple shape looks fantastic paired with colored gradients like in these poster designs for Trieste Estate Summer Festival by Studio Mut.


Be playful with splitting your circle designs and bringing in different colors and textures in this cover design by Slanted Publishers the designers team metallic foiling with inky black and photographic images to create a Seventies inspired look.

Cover design for slanted32 magazine by Slanted Publishers

2. Flexible Type Logos

Logo design for Agora by Graphéine

2019 will see brands continue to demand more from their logo designs mainly in response to digital platforms flexible type based logos in which letters can rotate and switch position give brands more freedom with how a logo can be used.


Whether it’s creating an animated version or adapting to limited space on an app design these flexible type logos are going to be big news next year because of the exciting options they present for brands.
2019 graphic design ‘flexible type’ trend examples: Look to the visual identities for Agora by Graphéine and 48North by Bloc Design for flexible logo inspiration.

3. 50 Shades of Blue

Visual identity for Tallinn Music Week by AKU
Brand design for the 751 International Design Festival by Zhu Chao

If there’s one colour that’s going to dominate graphic design in 2019 it’s blue while any shade of blue from pale sky to deep teal will hit the spot it’s the very strong rich shades of blue like cobalt and indigo that are going to look the most trend forward.


Team with neons or metallics for beautiful contrast or pair up with coral reds like in these brand designs for Tallinn Music Week by AKU and poster designs for the 751 International Design Festival by Zhu Chao.

4. Pictogram Logos

Logo design for NetEase Kaola by Plus X

Logo design for Co. Means Coffee by Canape Agency

Icon based logos are nothing new, but in 2019 we will start to see more brands adopting pictogram-style logos which express a concept or theme more symbolically these logos are designed to work in isolation from text that means they have to be very strong visually.


Simple silhouettes are softened to create witty animal-based designs like in these logo designs for Co. Means Coffee by Canape Agency and for NetEase Kaola by Plus X.

5. 1930s-Inspired Illustration

2019 vintage design trend examples:

Illustration for Orangina by Mads Berg
Season identity for Le Cargö by Murmure

If you are a fan of vintage design you will love this 1930s-inspired trend for illustration inspired by Soviet-era and late Art Deco poster art designers are starting to revisit the grainy gradients and strong abstract shapes of this era of design.


Add extra noise to your illustrations to nail the look and bring in richer more modern color palettes to keep the designs feeling fresh.
These advertising illustrations by Mads Berg for Orangina and season identity for Le Cargö concert hall by Murmure show how gradients and noise textures combine to create beautiful graphics with a vintage edge.

6. Curvy Serif Typefaces

Magazine design for Nido by Asís

Visual identity for Agnes Lloyd-Platt by Seachange Studio

Serifs are back, big time after decades of sans serif dominance serifs are starting to take back the limelight the new incarnation of spot-on serif typefaces are curvier and more organic than traditional Didot and Garamond.


Look to Art Nouveau-inspired styles to tap into this 2019 trend they work particularly beautifully for editorial design this brand design for London-based photographer Agnes Lloyd-Platt by Seachange Studio and magazine design for Nido by Asís show how the new curvy serifs go hand in hand with gorgeous photography and pared back color palettes.

7. Experimental Type

Poster designs for Trempolino by Murmure

In line with the leaning towards all things maximalist, 2019 will be the year that designers continue to push the boundaries with typography the lesson to take away is that anything goes good taste and legibility be damned.


Warp, stretch distort and overlay your type like in these poster designs for Nantes based music campus Trempolino by Murmure to tap into the trend.

8. Rainbow Gradients

Visual identity for Cadabra by byHAUS Studio


Gradients have been a huge trend this year, and designers are still finding that multi colored backgrounds and type looks fun and optimistic in 2019 the trend takes on a retro spirit with a spectrum of rainbow colors be inspired by the rainbow iridescence of petrol to really nail this style.
For extra brownie points incorporate metallic print textures like in this visual identity for Cadabra by byHAUS Studio.

9. Bauhaus Revisited

Visual identity for the BunkerToren building by George&Harrison

Adobe Hidden Treasures: Bauhaus Dessau Project

Gmund Bauhaus Swatchbook by Tolleson Design


Germany is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the founding of the world famous Bauhaus school in 2019 while Berlin will be hosting a centenary event next year graphic designers will also find fresh inspiration in the Bauhaus movement for their designs.
Look to primary color palettes Brutalist inspired styling and modernist fonts to give your layouts a Bauhaus worthy look.

10. Margins Be Gone

Business card designs for ArchitectsEAT by Hue Studio

Throw the grid rules you know out the window next year experimental type see Trend 7, above goes hand in hand with a playful dismissal of margins.
Allow your type to overlap the trim edge like in these business card designs for ArchitectsEAT by Hue Studio.


Poster designs for Théâtre de Quat’Sous by Maxime David
Or push your text to the very fringes of your poster layouts like in these designs for Théâtre de Quat’Sous by Maxime David.




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