SHUTTERSTOCK PREDICTS GLOBAL DESIGN TRENDS FOR 2014

Shutterstock released its 3rd annual infographic revealing design and emerging visual trends around the world. For the 2014 edition, Shutterstock used data from their over 350 million all-time image downloads to reveal these recent and emerging visual trends from around the world. Shutterstock licenses 3 images every second from a collection of over 30 million photos, illustrations, vectors and video clips to businesses and visual communicators, making them a world leader in volume stock image downloads.

Some of the trends that came out in latest edition of the study include the rising popularity of video as a medium for storytellers and Instagram-inspired images as the top visual theme for the year. The infographic also shows the search terms with the largest year-on-year growth and the varying design themes across different countries in the world. Below are some of the trends outlined in the study which is presented as an infographic include:

No two countries design alike: From pastel colors in China to vibrant textures in the Netherlands, unique themes around the world continue to emerge.

Flat, minimalist design elements replace skeuomorphism: Led by changes in app and software design, downloads of flat design elements increased by 200% over the past year.

Instagram-esque images were a top visual theme of the year: With the popularity of retro cameras and mobile apps, searches for filtered images soared 661% in 2013, with no signs of abating.

Video is an increasingly popular medium: For visual storytellers and access to new image-capture technology such as 4K is growing. Popular video content topics include education, 3D renderings, transportation and cityscapes.

In an official statement released by Shutterstock, VP of Content Scott Braut said “The increasing demand for imagery is leading to new and innovative content types. Our data reveals how photographers, illustrators, designers and videographers are influencing design trends on a local and global scale.”

The full info graphic can be viewed here.