The most important graphic design trends for 2018

We are two weeks away from finishing 2017 and with the new year on its feet, we are going to tell you what the new trends in graphic design that we will be seeing.

Naturally, trends are a very ephemeral concept that goes through changes cyclically and quickly. In this sense, the trends we have seen in the last two years are going to quickly fade in the face of styles full of experimentation and play.

Glitch effects

Glitch effect

The number one trend this coming year. The glitch effect has always been seen as a problem for the viewer. This is because it arises from unwanted errors generated by the software during the manipulation of the images. However, this year we will learn to use corrupted images by giving them a new aesthetic sense.

Ruined effect

Ruined effect on fashion images

If 2017 was looking to be immaculate, clean and fun this coming year will be the antithesis. This is how we will see this new trend that is approaching the hand of contemporary art. Consequently, we will finally have the possibility of resorting to the ripped, splashed, ripped, color spots and collage finally with good acceptance.

Duo tone in double exposure

Duo tone with double exposure on Spotify

La trend that will be the protagonist this coming year. We will preserve the duo tone that was the star of the past year. We will simply now add double exposure to the images to generate a more illusory and distorted look.

This effect is obtained by duplicating the image or using two overlapping images of different color each in monochrome color.

Color channel effects

Color channel effect

The manipulation of the photographic image is going to be one of the biggest trends of the new year. This is how we can allow ourselves to play with images and give them a new aesthetic sense to generate illusion effects.

Negative space and negative typography

Negative typography

When the negative becomes positive is when the true transformation occurs. Negative space has always been difficult to work with as it requires greater knowledge of perceptual phenomena. This is how elements of the background move to the front and those of the front to the background, both in fonts and elements and images.

Artistic illustrations

Artistic illustration

This year gestural expression will take more strength. Everything related to manual productions such as drawing and collage. We can then see drawing applied to typography, typography applied to drawing, images with drawings on them and collages that mix drawing, photography and image.

Typography for everything

Posters with typographic design

Typography finally becomes the star of the party, after years of exploration. In particular, we will see the focus on experimental or creative typography which can be used in conjunction with the trends listed above. Apparently we will go back to the '90s with compositions by letters cut out, messy, not conventionally aligned. We will also see typography become three-dimensional elements.

Bright colors

Brilliant colors in packaging system

One trend that will continue to be bright colors. They have been in use since the end of last year and are expected to continue in demand during 2019 as well. Now the color gradients, using shading to generate 3D, color transitions, etc.


This new year we will be able to put our creative force to work in many aspects. Going through the concepts of intervened photography, the use of vibrant colors, and the integration of typography, we will see that the limits are blurred and there is a greater possibility of using resources.

Here you have a tutorial for Crehana to achieve some of the effects mentioned in the post.

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