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The Art Bundle: Memorable Milestones, Upcoming Trends in the World of Design

The design industry encompasses a wide variety of niche specializations. From advertising to graphic design, to industrial design to illustration—to name a few—we highlight design components and principles that have made an impact and are likely going to in the near future.

As we ushered in the new year, so did we for new design trends. Question now is, which ones do we discard to make room for more? It can be a tough one, especially since design industry trends do tend to come and go as they please, refresh year on year.

For this first TAB iteration on design, we break it down for you milestone by milestone, so we can have a more solid picture of what works, what doesn’t, and what stays.

Chuck It or Keep It

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By Evan Tolleson

You don’t need to get stuck in the old ways, but also you don’t have to turn slave to fast-turning fads. We’ve listed down some of the things you should look out for when segregating for your IN or OUT design bins.

 It will ultimately be up to your preference, though, but it’s nice to know there are certain industry standards you can refer to for guidance.

Design in the Time of Y2K

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By Student I-Wen Wang

The rise of technology certainly helped reshape the landscape and language of design as it was known. Here we take a quick trip down memory lane with some of the most iconic design trends at the turn of the millennium.

Take note of them because you never know when they’re going to be the next “new old thing”.

Fashionable Retro

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Lineful by David Sigurdarsson

Speaking of which, retro will always be in fashion, one way or another. The millennial designs mentioned in the article above may not have their turn yet, but it won’t be surprising if it comes up next fast. In the meantime, here are some vintage designs that are already making a comeback in 2020.

From Retro to Brand New

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By Yvonne Anaya

Of course, we’ll balance the retro out with new design trends that are expected to preoccupy many a designer’s creative fantasies. From personal advertising to bold and ethnic graphic and new media designs, to everything sustainable—and more—we’ve got it listed here.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you can’t have enough of reading about the design industry, and might be interested in earning a degree or pursuing a career in it, check out the rest of our articles relevant to it.



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