At the beginning of each year comes the tendency to look forward – and a whole new set of trends to predict. And nowhere is this arguably more exciting than in the world of design.
So what trends can we expect in 2017? We see what the experts are saying.
SOCIAL IMPACT WILL BE FRONT AND CENTRE
In response to social and political struggles in the last few years, more designers will start to consider the social impact of their work this year. According to Ben Blumenfeld, Co-Director at Designer Fund, we’re going to “see more projects focused on fixing politics, healthcare, civic planning, and many other spaces that have been underserved by design.” The possibilities for designers to make a positive impact in this space are limitless – and that’s very exciting.
FREELANCERS WILL RUN THE SHOW
Freelance design will flourish, as more support systems are built to allow this type of flexibility. There are also more marketplaces forming to support freelancers – businesses are increasingly turning to the web to find talent because it’s the cheapest and easiest way to do so, and in turn, individuals are using the web to find work. Plus – who wouldn’t want to work from anywhere, at any time? Amazing.
MORE AUTHENTIC, MORE TRANSPARENT
According to Miriam Harris, author at Digital Arts magazine, 2017 will see the need to counter the uncertainties of 2016 with “authenticity, raw humanity, craftsmanship and simplicity” and this will have a huge impact on design trends. We’ll see much more transparent packaging, focusing on what’s the actual product looks like or contains. “There’s a demand for truth to be on display,” writes Harris.
DESKTOP IS COMING BACK, BABY
According to Blumenfeld, we can expect a re-emergence of the desktop after a series of years focusing on mobile. “Look for many “mobile first” companies to build desktop experiences for their products in 2017 as they recognize that their users are spending much more time at work in front of the big screen,” writes Blumenfeld.