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The 2019 Spring/Summer Design Trend I’m Digging

I'm currently obsessed with disruptively layered design elements - from typography to imagery, these layered/overlapping layouts are standing out to me this 2019 Spring/Summer season. Keeping the designs fresh and on brand is challenging at times, so taking inspiration from other creatives helps to spark new ideas and expand your range. Here are some of my current favourite examples of this design trend that I am seeing everywhere (and loving it!).

* Disclaimer : All creative credited to the original designer via Pinterest. Artist's added when known.

1. Layered Elements ft. Kendrick Lamar

Nike | Design Inspiration

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2. Colour Blocking

Ikea | Design Inspiration: @supernovass

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3. Tonal Collage

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4. Textual Textures

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5. Simplicity Overlapping

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6. Layering Elements

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7. Flat Graphic Design Style

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8. Tone on Tone

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9. Minimalistic Details

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10. Typography Repitition

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10 Inspiring Creators with Badass Designs

Feature image by @borisschmitz 

It is as simple as this - I love pretty things. As a designer, I am always on the lookout for images, ideas and unique creations to inspire the boundaries of my own creativity. Learning how other artists develop their visuals and individual style is crucial to expanding your own horizons of capability.

Don’t just steal the style, steal the thinking behind the style. You don’t want to look like your heroes, you want to see like your heroes. The reason to copy your heroes and their style is so that you might somehow get a glimpse into their minds. That’s what you really want — to internalize their way of looking at the world. If you just mimic the surface of somebody’s work without understanding where they are coming from, your work will never be anything more than a knockoff. "

  Steal Like An Artist : 10 Things Nobody Told You about Being Creative - Austin Kleon

Here are 10 creators that with work that is beyond inspiration worthy - truly badass.


 

1. LINES IN LOVE

I absolutely love this creator's work - simple and sensual. The artist uses continuous lines to develop and intertwine the subjects seamlessly - this is not easy!

Inspiration // @flowsofly


 

2. COLLAGE CREATIONS

Helene is an absolute master at creating mixed media collages using trend focused content. Her designs include people, patterns and colour combined in a funky aesthetic.

Inspiration // @scylenedesign


 

3. MASTER OF BADGES

These designs never cease to impress me. If you are a fan of the outdoors, the Pacific Northwest (#pnw) or simply looking for inspiration for combining illustrative elements - look no further. It's no surprise Liam's creations are popular tattoo ideas.

Inspiration // @liamashurst


 

4. BABES & PLANTS

This collage artist mixes together visuals of women and florals. Contrasting colours of blue and orange litter her feed in a way that makes my heart sing.

Inspiration // @rocio_montoya


 

5. PORTRAITS OF PEOPLE

A true Pinterest favourite, Boris' creations are a staple to the platform. His portraits are unforgettable - featuring continuous lines in a way that only a pro can create. LOVE!

Inspiration // @borisschmitz


 

6. MIXING MEDIUMS

These creations are adorable - plain and simple. The artist brings elements of food, plants or objects to life in a way that puts a smile on your face.

Inspiration // @jesuso_oritz


 

7. PAINT & PICTURES

The poster child for 'aesthetically pleasing' - Lucie uses paint to add colour to black and white images. I absolutely love her feed and her concepts constantly inspire me to add new textures to my designs.

Inspiration // @luciebirant


 

8. NEON BRIGHTS

If you are a fan of bright colours, look no further. This creator uses neon pigments overlaid on photographs to create a bold visual statement. I love using colour in design, but it can sometimes be challenging to use loud colours in a way that still looks 'expensive' and cohesive - All the inspiration I need here!

Inspiration // @joecruz_art


 

9. SENDING A STATEMENT

Different than the other examples in this post, this artist is incredible at making a STATEMENT. His conceptually based work always carries a message - critiquing society, politics, or simply illustrating something literal.

Inspiration // @dan_cretu


 

10. SIMPLICITY IS BLISS

Inspiring Creators with Badass Designs (@quibe) on

I have seen this artist's work floating around social media for years, posted and reposted over and over - especially on Pinterest. When I finally tracked down the original creator, it was an instant follow for me. Bonus - this creator sells his prints!

Inspiration // @quibe


 

Do you have any creatives that inspire you? I would love to grow my inspiration base and connect with other visual artists - please let me know in the comments below or by connecting on Instagram!

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10 Inspiring Email Marketing Designs | Collage Style

Email marketing is a huge component of the work I do as a designer. Having a captivating subject line, functional email design, and clear sale’s message help to keep readers from bouncing, or unsubscribing. Keeping the designs fresh and on brand is challenging at times, so taking inspiration from brands that kick ass at e-marketing is a worthwhile practice to expand your range. Here are some of my current favourite emails successfully convert clicks to sales!

 

1. Script Font & Visual Overlays

Free People | Email Marketing

 

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2. Tropical Cutouts

Nordstrom | Email Marketing

 

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3. Lifestyle, Product & Ambiance Collage

Brunette Braid | Email Marketing

 

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4. Artistic Strokes

Finders | Email Marketing

 

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5. Impactful Colour Overlay

BKNR | Email Marketing

 

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6. Extra, Extra, Read All About It...

Sabo Skirt | Email Marketing

 

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7. Cut & Paste Collage Style

My Domaine | Email Marketing

 

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8. Texture Swatches

Loeffler Randall | Email Marketing

 

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9. Mismatched Artistic Details

Free People | Email Marketing

 

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10. Go 'Outside the Box'

Banana Republic | Email Marketing

 

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10 Inspiring Email Marketing Designs | White Space

Email marketing is a huge component of the work I do as a designer. Having a captivating subject line, functional email design, and clear sale’s message help to keep readers from bouncing, or unsubscribing. Keeping the designs fresh and on brand is challenging at times, so taking inspiration from brands that kick ass at e-marketing is a worthwhile practice to expand your range. Here are some of my current favourite emails successfully convert clicks to sales!

 

1. Simple & Square

Banana Republic | Email Marketing

 

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2. Colour Specific Flat-lay

Coach | Email Marketing

 

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3. Lifestyle & Ecommerce Montage

Espirt | Email Marketing

 

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4. Colour Wash Blocks

Banana Republic | Email Marketing

 

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5. Text Overlay

Everlane | Email Marketing

 

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6. Artistic Collage

Free People | Email Marketing

 

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7. Outfit Elements

Banana Republic | Email Marketing

 

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8. Simplicity is key

JCREW | Email Marketing

 

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9. Big, bold & CTA focused

LOFT | Email Marketing

 

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10. Handwriting Goals

Banana Republic | Email Marketing

 

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