After reading this article, I’ve gained some interesting insight into what graphic design currently is, and where it’s heading. It points out that a lot of companies and designers are embracing flat, 2-d designs in favor of images with gradients and shadows. Personally, I love this. I’ve never been one to embrace 3-d design other than a bit of font layering. I think that the beauty of a lot of design is in simplicity.
The author of the article also touched on how mixing fonts will be a design trend. I think that that’s a point that they got wrong–I feel that mixing fonts is already a popular trend that’s taken off. I see many fonts used in single designers all the time and don’t think that it will take until 2033 to see that trend explode. In fact, some of the things I’ve designed for Cardinal Comm have involved several fonts of different kinds.
Infographics, one of my favorite subjects, were also mentioned in the article. In that section, too, the author focused on simplification. In the pictured infographic, the focus is the bright yet simple graphs. These graphs are atypical; usually information is provided in a much different, much more basic way. If the turn towards simplicity continues and flows into the realm of infographics, count me in. As much as I love a complex, bold, colorful design, sometimes simple is better.