Shutterstock Reports Design Trends For 2014

Posted on 1/23/2014 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

Shutterstock has published an infographic that outlines some Global Design Trends 2014
based on its more than 350 million all-time downloads and over 100 million of them in 2013.

Among the issues highlighted is that there is an increased demand for the “filtered” look. Searches for Instagram-esque imagery were up 661% in 2013. Searches for people in real-life settings were up 374%.

Among the most popular search terms were:

Infographic up 332%
Appetizing up 401%
BYOD (for Bring Your Own Device) up 407%
Adorable up 450%
Responsive Design (device-agnostic design) +477% up 477%
International Women's Day up 491%
Make-up Set up 503%
3D printing up 581%
Gatsby (Art Deco) up 625%

It is unclear whether the Gatsby percentage is for searches of just Gatsby or both Gatsby and Art Deco.

It is interesting to consider the number of image in the collection that have each of these keywords.

Infographic 73,705
Appetizing 152.264
BYOD 133
Adorable 512,924
Responsive Design 4,231
International Women’s Day 405
Make-up Set 15,219
3D printing 30,053
Gatsby 893
Art Deco 101,589

The most popular video search terms were:

Cityscapes up 94%
3D Renderings up 66%
Transportation up 97%
Education up 98%

The images being shared on social media channels represent what’s popular in the wider world of business and visual communications. Some of these themes include: Landscapes, Vibrant Colors, Depth of Field and Simplicity

For more information check out the infographic at: Global Design Trends 2014

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