Only a few months ‘til summer is here! Though it’s easy to be distracted by thoughts of stripping off and slathering on sun cream, turn your attention to our predicted graphic design trends for the impending season and make sure that you’re prepared with designs to impress.
This pattern consists of bold colours and messy, smudged designs similar to those on a painter’s palette, blended, blotched and dabbed to achieve the effect. Watercolour effects and blotting appeared on the Chanel and Pucci catwalks recently and have spurred on a craze for this pattern type. If you think this is right up your street, why not try our watercolour-effect tutorial?
The seventies is back in a big way this year, and that can only mean one thing: retro florals are out in full force. This is a really fun way to approach a more classic pattern style, and we just can’t get enough of it. Go for modern colours in a retro print, or a retro palette in a modern print to make this trend feel fresh.
This is an off-shoot from the tribal prints that have been so popular in recent years. One of the best things about this pattern is that it’s just as effective done simply as it is with loads of detail. Update it by incorporating some of the colour palettes below and keep the look on trend.
Pastels that pop
Add a dash of dayglo ‘pop’ to gorgeous, dreamy pastels and you’ll be bang on trend for this year’s retro-look colour palette. Pantone shades of Toasted Almond, Strawberry Ice and Tangerine are looking like they’re going to be particularly popular, when they days get hotter.
Not only do neutrals make a great base for other colours, but they look amazing on their own when matched tonally. Why not try teaming some with Marsala, Pantone’s colour of the year for an easy, go-to palette?
Stay cool in the hot weather with icy, light and ethereal colours to really nail this summer’s colour palette of blues. Aquamarine and Classic Blue are some of the more popular shades finding their way into print and design—perfect for the classic elegance of wedding stationery.
Why not create some palettes based on these new trends an get them printed on all your most popular paper stocks so you can see how the finished colour looks? You can use your new samples to decide which patterns to try next.
Go forth and design!