It’s 2020 – the beginning of a new decade and graphic design trends are combining the nostalgia of looking back with a futuristic spin that is unique, bold, and the perfect blend. If you own a graphic design business, you want to stay ahead of the game, and it’s essential to understand these trends to remain ahead of the curve.
To help you achieve your goals, and to keep your clients on the cutting edge of design, we curated some of the top design trends for 2020.
Because the design is only as good as its final form, we’ve also thrown in the best printers to bring your eye-catching, cutting edge designs to life!
5 Graphic Design Trends for 2020
While it seems like everything old is new again, there’s always a twist. Here are the top graphic design trends for 2020.
Cyberpunk Color Schemes
Things are about to get brighter and bolder! Brands are loving crazy, wacky colors to help them stand out from the crowd. We’re talking bright, oversaturated hues that you wouldn’t expect to see in nature.
Create Blade Runner-Esque, futuristic themes, focusing on using wild colors to create surreal experiences.
On the opposite side, the minimalist trends started in the late 2010s have carried over thanks to the need brands have for creating more personalized connections.
Explore graphical integrations in typography or fully customized type-face based designs, which appeal to the consumer’s penchant for handcrafting.
Custom hand-lettering will also be very popular, and branded typography will become more colorful, imprecise, and eccentric, to give designs that authentic, customized, imperfect feel of personalization.
If you’re familiar with the social media craze of the “10-year challenge,” in which folks posted pictures from 10 years ago to today, it’s probably not a surprise that graphic design trends are pulling a lot of inspiration from styles of decades past.
But this isn’t one-to-one.
By merging past art styles with modern designs, industry leaders are taking advantage of the contrast between digital images and previous aesthetics, creating an appeal of old-world grandeur.
Think Victorian, Medieval, Art Deco, or Art Nouveau elements, with modern edges, to create the effect that blurs the line between analog and digital.
Street Art Style
Over the last decade, design software has become more accessible, meaning anyone can learn how to do graphic design. Another art form of similar accessibility is graffiti and street art – where anyone with a canister of spray paint can create.
There’s an edginess to utilizing street art stylings in your design, thanks to the cultural connotations associated with it. Graffiti conjures up feelings of rebellion and anarchy thanks to its association with the 70s punk scene, neon 80s, and grungy 90s!
Straight, thick, geometric lines are typically used to illustrate objects that are human-made and technological – they’re rigid. Curvy lines, on the other hand, represent a more nature and organic form.
Think about the difference between the lines of a laptop computer vs. the lines in a flower. By combining these two forms, designers are creating new shapes that are sleek and abstract, and are prevalent in technology and industrial branding.
Best Printers for Graphic Designers in 2020
Of course, a design is only as good as its final product, which means that you’ll need to ensure that your printing capabilities enhance your work, not take away from it.
Fortunately, Epson’s p-series printers are perfect for printing photography and fine art, as well as proofing, and all forms of graphic design projects.
A few of the available printers in the Epson P-series line that will make a bold statement for your deliverables include:
SureColor P7000 & Epson SureColor P9000
These printers feature Epson PrecisionCore TFP Printhead & UltraChrome HDX 10-color pigmented ink set for expanded gamut. Advanced media handling including cut sheet, roll, photography, fine art, and poster board up to 1.5mm thick.
P9000 model accommodates printing on media up to 44” with border-free printing options.
SureColor P7570 & Epson SureColor P9570
Features wide format printing for professional photography, proofing, and graphic design, and provides for a full spectrum of creative needs with the UltraChrome Pro 12 Ink, and 2.6” precision core printhead.
The P9570 accommodates printing on media up to 44” with no border.
P10000 Production Edition & Epson P20000
Features wide-format printing, with high production requirements for signage and graphic imaging. Not only do you get the PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead, UltraChrom PRO 9-color pigment ink – including four levels of grey – but you also get the ONYX RIPcenter workflow software.
This program incorporates Adobe PostScript based engine and powerful color management tools. The P20000 series accommodates printing on media up to 64” wide.
From the beautiful designs you’ve created to printed photographs and fine art, you need a printer that can truly showcase the beauty of the final piece. The Epson P-Series line is created specifically for printing high-quality, detailed, and intricately designed pieces that will delight your customers and send the referrals your way.
So now the only question is, which printer would you choose for your business?
Questions? Get in touch with an Imaging Spectrum representative at 214-342-9290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org