Looking for inspiration for your design but not quite sure where to start? We’ve created this handy, informative and historical archive of mainstream art styles and trending designs to help get the creative juices flowing.
The term is usually associated with art in which the traditions of the past have been thrown aside in a spirit of experimentation. Modern artists experimented with new ways of seeing and with fresh ideas about the nature of materials and functions of art. Geometrically based, with a minimalist approach, this style is dominated by clean type and photos rather than illustrations.
The most recent step in the design evolutionary process, this style emerged only within the last decade and is easily recognized by its extensive use of distressed textures, unrefined edges, and a seemingly nonsensical approach to layout. Dirty stains, torn images, “broken” icons and creased pieces of paper… dirty textures are often used as background images.
Grunge designs don’t always have to a have a dirty look. Sometimes irregular (or dirty) elements are used to achieve a more realistic look. In most cases grunge designs use subdued, dirty and dull colors. Brown, beige, gray and black are dominating colors. Vibrant shades of vivid colors are being replaced with more natural and subtle colors. Popular graffiti artists employ such methods and the two styles are closely related.
Monotone Image with Colorful Insert
This style offers a meaningful background with a razor sharp focus. Attention is drawn to the color that is surrounded by a neutrally faded background image. Usually this is a combination of a B&W image that may be faded or sepia toned for effect and a colorful image, logo, text or symbol. The result can look like fine art that stops the eye. Similar art styles are Vignette’s and even Silhouettes.