Five graphic design trends for 2016 April 04 2016

The magic of Promaxx’s self-print products is that you can design and personalise them yourself. The system also allows users to easily change designs and print only the amount they require for an event or promotion, thus cutting down on waste.

If you are looking for inspiration for new designs for your business cards, labels and other paper products it is worth researching some of the latest trends for inspiration.

Here are five graphic design trends for 2016 that we have picked out to get you started

Bright colours

Bright, vibrant hues are all the rage this year, according to Pantone, a world leader in design colours. The company’s Color Report Spring 2016 offers up sumptuous shades with exotic names like Peach Echo, Snorkel Blue and Buttercup. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute: "Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves.”

Big text blocks

Big chunky fonts centred on the page are en vogue for 2016. Designers can even mix up typefaces if they go together well and lay them over a textured or solid colour background.

This design is actually one of our own free design templates - click to download and use.

Geometric backgrounds

A number of design experts have pointed to geometric backgrounds as a trend for 2016. Using isometric projections, which represent three-dimensional objects in two dimensions, these designs carry a lot of impact and colour. Patterns can be abstract or used to represent images such as a city or a labyrinth with wording put on top in bold text.

Classic white business cards

Tips for business card design this year include the return of the classic white background - a reaction, perhaps, to cards that overuse colourful backgrounds. Bold lettering and card that is thicker and heavier are also predicted as trends.

This simple but fabulous business card design is another of our free design templates - click to download and use.

On the flip-side

There are also predictions that more designers will start making use of the blank surface on the flip side of business cards this year. This backspace can be filled with a brand’s colour, a logo or a picture – elements that complement nicely the white space on the front side