Year In Review for Design of 2016 – Fashion, Architecture, and Graphics!

Just like last year it’s nice to reflect on what was trendy for the design industry throughout the year. This not only allows us a moment to reminisce and maybe remember to bring with us the design trends to the new year! Instead of looking at specifically architectural motifs this year, lets broaden the horizon to include some fashion, and graphic design trends as well.

Last year we were able to look at some Italian fashion when I was abroad in Rome, some architectural fashion, and some quirky Etsy Jewellery! If you missed those last posts, be sure to read up! But perhaps one of the most apparent design trends this year for fashion is… the faux fur jacket!

Photo by Marcel and Lisa Dengler's fashion blog
Photo by Marcel and Lisa Dengler’s fashion blog

Not only are faux fur jackets edgy, trendy, and warm, but most usually encompass another trendy 2016 fashion style… Oversized! To top off this outfit, we add a 90s relic, a choker! Whether the material is velvet, lace, leather or covered in rhinestones, or metals, this accessory has been on the necks of all the celebrities!

$23 at ASOS
$23 at ASOS

Chokers, Faux Fur Jackets, and everything OVERSIZED!

Now looking into the graphic industry, as it’s pretty much unavoidable in this modern day and age of marketing, is it clear that minimalism is never going to go away? The KISS principle (Keep it Simple, Stupid) is old news, but more and more businesses seem to be taking it to heart than ever. New logos from brands are stripping down- simplicity as the key goal in design and unnecessary complexity avoided.

Graphic Simplification – The KISS principle

Having recently just come back from Rome, it’s hard for me to imagine modern design trends having just spent 3 months looking at architectural antiquity. It makes me question if the structures we build today will still be admired decades from now. With the growing environmental issues and concerns, maybe the 2016 trend for architecture is actually temporality.

Architectural Pavilions and temporary structures

Purposely short-lived architecture, including pavilions, exhibitions, and “pop-ups” are, ironically, the vehicles to urging the forms of more permanent architecture to be more experimental and innovative. We learn from these temporary structures, skills, techniques, and ideas that help transform other things. These projects are a way of how we learn, progress, and keep up!

Hy-Fi, an excellent example of a temporary architectural piece that help test new sustainable means.
Hy-Fi, an excellent example of a temporary architectural piece that help test new sustainable means.

What a positive way to wrap up! 2016 was a year of bringing back the 90s in fashion (chokers, and fake fur!), the KISS principle from the 1960s, and then a modern architectural movement in temporality! What does 2017 have for us in store? I’d love to hear about what you thought about the design industry last year- leave a comment below!

Author: Crystal Yung

Hello! My name is Crystal Yung and I am an undergraduate student studying architecture at the University of Waterloo. Please feel free to check our my online portfolio of my works:

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