Design trend predictions for 2016

Sharpen those pencils and get the old sketchbook out, because inspiration for 2016 is coming your way. We’ve been on the lookout for the next design trends and we think we’ve pretty much hit the nail on the head with these predictions, all of which have been helpfully demonstrated by customers like you. Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in!

Riding the wave of genuine, homemade, back-to-basics design, the trend for illustration is set to continue into 2016. It’s our humble opinion that nothing quite says “I made this myself” than a hand-drawn design. Sprinkled with human touches and personality, the illustrative style is steadily creeping from personal print into the world of marketing and web design. This often works best when used with a calligraphic or letterpress-style font.

Check out these great illustrative flyers from Paper Fudge and Maxine Walter’s flyers and invites.

Paper Fudge design


Maxine Walter Photography

Bold patterns
If you’re partial to paisley, think houndstooth is heavenly and often find yourself shoving a chevron or two into your design, 2016 looks like it’ll be your year. Strong, bold patterns in striking colours look set to stay one of the main trends for next year. We love geometric patterns in vibrant colours, teamed with the recent trend for flat design, for the ultimate combination of depth and simplicity.

Jo Elise Designs and A Typed Word’s design for West Sussex chocolate company, J.Cocoa, are brilliant examples of this in action.

Jo Elise Design

A Typed Word for J. Cocoa


Minimalism looks to be making a comeback in 2016, in web design as well as print. This trend is all about regaining free space and keeping things daringly simple. After all, it can’t hurt to let the negative space do the talking once in a while!
Check out Matt Glanville’s business cards for a glimpse of this trend in action.

 Matt Glanville

Cleverly arranged typography is a trend that seems to be here to stay for the long-term. Using a selection of complementary fonts, you can transform long-form copy into something compelling and visually stunning, or make short phrases really pop.

We love this typographical wedding stationery, courtesy of MelMade.

MelMade typography


Do you have your own predictions for next year’s design trends or have any thoughts on something you’ve read here? Pop a comment in the box below and share it!


Jessica Rape
26 Dec 2015 15:40
Love the bright colours on the kraft style paper by Paper Fudge !
29 Dec 2015 01:37
Kraft card will continue to be big in wedding stationery, I think
Laura Ellis
05 Jan 2016 22:38
I didn't realise colour would look so vivid on Kraft, looks ace!
Lauren Parker
21 Feb 2016 13:32
Love the J Cocoa pattern, looks amazing. Geometric will always be in.
Rachael Lucas
30 Mar 2016 15:37
Gorgeous ideas! And great designers too! I have definitely spied some of these trends so far in 2016 :)
28 Jan 2017 14:45
particularly like Paper Fudge, very effective

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