Design trends come and go but they are an expression of what we consider as attractive and usable. The year 2017 showed us a wide variety of graphic design styles manly centered around minimalist and flat designs more suited for mobiles and mobile apps. But as we stand now in the year 2018, some of these designs have become a thing of the past and the graphic designers are on the constant lookout for something new and fresh.

E-Learning graphics have also been evolving along with the web graphics and the general design trends are also seeping into the world of e-learning whether its responsive e-learning designs or flat and minimalist designs.

Hence in this blog, I have curated and handpicked some e-Learning graphic design trends, which I feel can be adapted well into e-learning for the year 2018.

1.Interactive infographics

Interactive infographics represent information that allows the viewer to interact with the data. Simple infographic style is already successful and is widely used. The interactive infographic uses gif, videos and other elements to catch the attention of the viewer.

An emerging e-Learning graphic design trend, this style can be used to engage the learners. For example, clicking on a bar graph can bring a popup to show more data which can be even hyperlinked to external websites.

You can view an example here at –http://dumpark.com/seas-of-plastic-infographic/

2.High-resolution content

With the technology evolving at a rapid pace and with mobiles supporting high resolution viewing , there is an increasing demand for high quality images and content.

Another emerging e-Learning graphic design trend , using of high quality images can help the learners in better understanding of the subject matter, especially where such images are used to explain or help the learners visualize the content. For example, high quality images are useful in creating medical and healthcare related e-learning courses like ‘human anatomy’ as the learners are able to see clearly, visualize and identify the learning content with the help of these images .

3. 3D design

3D design is gaining popularity and becoming a hot trend once again. With more tools available in the market now to develop 3D graphics, the designers are once again trying to experiment their hands on 3D design approach to create stunning images and graphics.

Yet another emerging e-Learning graphic design trend, 3D design approach can be used for simulation based training. For example, 3D design can be used to train your factory supervisors on how to operates a particular machinery etc.

4.Bold colors and bold fonts

While we know that bold fonts can highlight the content on a screen, bold colors can really make the learning stand out. Both the bold colors and bold fonts can be used in a combination to achieve amazing results in highlighting the content as well as ensuring a strong visual appeal to the modules. This e-Learning graphic design trend combination can be used to bring learner’s attention to an important (not to be missed) point, where the boldness of color and font will ensure that the learner does not miss out reading it as well as retaining it.

5. Color gradients

Though designers might not really consider this as a trend, however usage of color gradients is again a trend to follow and look out for. Color gradients can bring more depth and feel to a simple design. And the trend of 2018, is that color gradients are not being used only in the foreground but have made way into the background as well. Pick up any popular website and the one of most popular social site -Instagram all use the color gradients to their biggest advantage (in their logo and branding) to create an awesome visual appeal.

Another experimental e-Learning graphic design trend, this style encourages the designers to say goodbye to the corporate “blues” and take on the brightness and boldness offered by the color gradients especially when you are making a responsive e-learning design as through color gradients you can really do more with less.

6.Animations & GIFs

Animations and Gifs continue to be the trend to watch out and apply in the year 2018. The mobile devices, tablets and ipads are now compatible to play almost any kind of Gifs. With the social media apps like whatsapp, facebook etc, users are exchanging various gifs, which has further increased their popularity and acceptance.

An established e-Learning graphic design trend, small animations and gif images can be used to bring the element of engagement. For example the introduction content of the e-learning module can be an animated gif, small animations can be created to congratulate/applaud the learners when they select the correct answer or an animated avatar can come during a learning module to break the learner monotony.

You can see plenty of gif images here at –https://tenor.com/

7. Minimalistic design approach

Minimalistic design approach is a formal way of presenting the contents, where the graphical designer is not concentrated to fill the space with wide variety of colors, texts images etc. The designer here focuses on stripping down the contents to take only the most needed information.

Minimalistic design approach, mainly due to its application in responsive learning has been continuing as a trend from the past couple of years and it has not lost its sheen. But I think this design style has reached the stage of maturity and there are lesser experiments or explorations happening in this area of design.

8. Muted Colors

According to Graphic Design Stack Exchange- “When any color is mixed with black it is called shading which lowers the value and makes the color a bit more muted”. While muted colors are still in use,especially with web design approach, I feel that more vibrant colors are ready to take up the space of muted colors and become the next trend.

The graphics design scene is getting a lot more interesting as usability and the user experience are mainly the design drivers these days. So while you may or may not follow all these design trends, one thing which you should not forget as e-learning designer is to know your learners well and then design for them. I would love to hear from the e-learning designers, any e-learning  design trends, which they are following.