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One question which every graphic designer confronts in his graphic design career is…should he follow the design trends or make his own? This is because when we create designs, we have several alternatives to explore from. We can either use our own expert design aesthetics to conjure up a design or incorporate a currently existing design trend into our work.

But what difference does it make between using design trends and following our expert design sense? This is the crux of today’s post where I try to differentiate between the various effects of graphic designing style. At the end, you can decide which style you fancy using as graphic designers.


Following Design Trends:

Following are some aspects of following Design Trends:

1. Reflects Consumer Preferences:

Design trends are a prevailing preference in the marketplace that reflects the taste and liking of the consumers. By following design trends, you are sticking to the designs that are popular at the current point in time. But this is where one problem arrives…a certain trend may be in style at a particular instance, but may lose its acceptance in the future.

2. Misses out Innovation:

Although you may find trends to be popular, they are likely to cause trouble for graphic designers in the long run. Since many designers follow trends, there are high chances that your created design could fall under the plagiarism flag. Trends come in handy only in projects where the client specifies you to use a certain trend. But then again, chances are that you will end up making a design that isn’t unique and exclusive.

3. Time Saving:

As graphic designers, we would disagree with this, but it is true fact that some designers employ design trends just to save themselves time on the project. This specially happens when the designer is cramped for time and is desperate to complete his assignment within the stipulated deadline. For example, some designers pass their work as minimalist design to get it off their shoulders. But then again…haste makes waste doesn’t it?

Expert Designer Approach:

Now let’s find out the effects of using your personal design aesthetics:

1. Unique and Distinct:

When a graphic designer creates a design using his own set of skills and aesthetics, he is certain to make a unique and exclusive design. One that is free from plagiarism or similarities with other prevalent designs. When you use your creativity and talent, the designs you make will stand out from the rest of the designs.

2. Creates a new trend:

Ever wondered how a certain trend was born? Being every great design trend is a great designer who created the unique style that went on to become a popular trend. For example, Carolyn Davidson did not follow any particular design trends before making up the Nike swoosh. On the contrary, it was her unique style that went on to become one of the most popular logo design trends in the world.

3. Everlasting design:

As I mentioned earlier, design trends are momentary. They may be popular in a certain era but will are sure to pass away with the passage of time. But a design that is made with your own creativity and skills can never become obsolete. It will remain as it is regardless of what trends come and go.
So what is your style of graphic designing? Do you opt to follow prevailing design trends? Or do you fancy employing your expert design skills instead?

Author Charlie B. Johnson

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  1. Michael On June 21st, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Very interesting post! I think every designer should follow their own style, but always with an eye toward new trends

  1. Adam Booth On June 22nd, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Yet another great topic for discussion.

    I feel that every designer would admit to wanting to go along with trends. The reason it is a trend is because it is popular and appealing, which is what every designer wants their work to be.
    I also agree that designers should be true to themselves and create there own style and ideas.
    I believe there can be a happy medium.
    I like the point about Carolyn Davidson and the Nike swoosh but i believe that if a trend is good enough it can stand the test of time and be endless.

  1. freelancelogo On June 22nd, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I think you have to stay close to the current trend whilst using your own style. Clients know what they like and if they do their home work they will already have the current trend in mind! As a designer you need to push the bounders of the trend to your own style!

  1. Dootson Designs On June 30th, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Some interesting questions, I believe theres nothing wrong with working with a trend as long as it doesn’t hinder your own personal style. Being relevant is always good and so to is being original.

  1. MS Bhatti On July 2nd, 2011 at 12:19 am

    The beauty of graphic designs, particularly for advertisement, lies in the way they are executed. The client-firm negotiation, timing, background of the advertisement in the questions and many other factors play a crucial role in this regard. The art directors usually set an apt trend for preparing an outline of the advertisement.

  1. Richard Ball On July 4th, 2011 at 2:45 am

    When designers use their own style they tend to miss the brief – do the brief and then revisit it not the other way

  1. Iriel On July 7th, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I try to follow my own design instincts but in this days, that I don’t have so much experience (because I’m a student) instincts don’t work all the time, so I have constantly to remake my designs, and that takes time (a lot). I know that experience will give me the weapons to make better works in the future, but I won’t lose my way to design, even if it takes more time.

    [ If you see some mistakes in my writting, I'm chilean ]

    Anyway, awesome post, I’m always thinking on that.

  1. Jeff Hendrickson On July 8th, 2011 at 6:25 am

    I believe it’s a balancing act of sorts. Let’s go back to the original question of the post – Should a designer follow the design trends or create his or her own? Knowing trends is key because it gives you direction, not hard and fast rules. What’s hot today, might be luke-warm tomorrow, and dead next week – right? So, know what’s happening in the market but always ask yourself, “What’s next? If this is what I’m seeing today, what can I do to bear this in mind, but step it up a notch? What can I do to freshen this just a bit so that those who follow trends will understand, yet see that I’m creating, not just following?”

    And also keep in mind that there are two basic types of clients. Those who only want what’s “safe” according to the trends, and those who crush “safe” under their boot heals. One wants to be seen as a part of the trend and the other wants to be seen as a trend setter. Do you want to work with both types, or one of those two? Let the answer to that question be your ultimate guide.

    Go get ‘em.

  1. Aengus On July 31st, 2011 at 4:40 am

    trends are what the customer is after, so often it’s no harm to go with the flow ($$$)

  1. Tiemen On August 25th, 2011 at 7:49 am

    I’m of the opinion that graphic designers should follow trends, but ofcourse in some way keep true to their own style.

    If everyone would make the same designs, our world would be kind of a dull place with no exciting new things to discover every day.

  1. Graphic Designer On December 28th, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I quite agree with you being creative makes you unique in a lot of ways

  1. Graphic Design Company in New York On January 28th, 2012 at 4:25 am

    It’s nice think. I am agree with you that” every designer should follow their own style , ideas and concept and also looking to new trends. what’s new or what’s going on.

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