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The case for ugly design

Designers are ditching traditional rules of beauty and ‘good’ design in favor of something more honest and compelling.

Color Trends: Top Popular Colors Used in Stock Photography

This trend report will help you better understand what colors are used the most in popular stock images.

The State of Independence Report 2021

Contra surveyed over 10,000 freelancers across design, engineering, product, writing, marketing, and social to gather insights on the future of work.

Typography Trends in 2021: What Should You Know?

Here are 13 trends that I believe will determine the face of typography in 2021.

The 4 biggest UI trends shaping Apple’s future

Piece together dozens of new features Apple announced at WWDC, and you can spot four clear trends.

Command Palette Interfaces

The command palette seems to be making a resurgence.

A guide to the Modern Minimal UI style

Functional, readable, sleek, and sexy.

2021 Logo Trend Report

This year is about drama: comedy, tragedy and satire. A connection with the human experience.

Material You had to happen this year

Every seven years people get bored with the UI status-quo.

YouTube Culture & Trends

Imagine you’re a creator about to record a new vlog for your YouTube channel. How do you welcome your fans to the show?

How to actually test UIs

Testing techniques used by leading engineering teams

The anatomy of a design trend

A discussion of the theory of design trends with sample trends in Industrial Design, Interface Design, and User Experience.

Accessibility vs Design trends

Neumorphism? Glassmorphism? Material Design? All design trends can be accessible.

Why 2020 was the year of data viz

If I had to point my finger at the biggest trend in design in 2020 I’d definitely point at data visualization.

Is the end near for flat logo design?

Recently, logos from various companies have experienced a transformation.

Aurora UI — new visual trend for 2021

UI design and especially its more artistic, visual side is constantly evolving.

Is graphic design too trendy?

Whether it’s chrome lettering or outlined type, we’ve all heard someone say: “Ooh, that’s a bit trendy!”

The web didn’t change; you did

On framework fatigue, complexity of builds and the fact that simple is, and has always been possible.

Why does every advert look the same? Blame Corporate Memphis

The quirky, illustrative style favoured by startups has caused controversy within the design community

Petco and the cold, lifeless modern brand

In 2011 Petco moved from the big jelly letter font to a thinner, more angular one, adjusted a few colors, and reworked their slogan slightly.