With each year passing, companies and brands tend to create visually-appealing data that explain current trends and point out interesting facts and figures. Following that example, Shutterstock, a New York-based stock photography agency, published an infographic that holds interesting design trends of 2013 and predicts those of the upcoming year.
To make it even more interesting, Shutterstock has over 40K contributors who, on a daily basis, upload more than 20K new images. The data that was used to build this infographic comprises of as many as 350 million all-time downloads and over 30 million images! Based on these numbers, Shutterstock also reveals 2014 design trends.
Speaking of universal trends that impact design on a global level, the infographic shows that there was a 661% rise in searches for Instagram-like, filtered pictures. No wonder that is true with the rise of mobile applications that made filters available on-the-go.
In the battle between flat design and realism, according to Shutterstock, Mister Flat won in 2013, with an increase of 200% in flat-design downloads.
Opposed to universal trends in design, there are some surprises to be found in the local trends of what inspires designers in different countries. In Sweden, designers dig health, while in the Netherlands it’s vibrant textures. The British are well-known for their high level of bureaucracy, so it’s no wonder that they get a lot of infographic elements from Shutter. On the other hand, it was not as surprising that designers in India are inspired by culture and tradition or, in the case of Australia, natural environments.
In 2013, social media was flooded with pictures of landscapes, vibrant colors, typographic quotes and, speaking in general, simplicity.
Shutter’s infographic shows short predictions of what we can expect design to look like in 2014. First, fonts will be handwritten or sketched, flat design will dominate on websites and mobile platforms, and patterns will be simplistic with bright pops of colors.
Infographic: Shutterstock’s Global Design Trends 2014