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Top 7 Most Overused Techniques & Elements Used in Graphic Design
Whenever you look for inspiration, you are bound to come across at least one of these techniques / effects / elements. These effects are neither “good or bad” however they are the most common elements found in today’s designs.
Stock images have been used to portray each element. On that note of stock, there was a great discussion about the use of stock art over at GoMediaZine.
1. Sunrays / Rays of Light / Rising Sun
By far the most overused technique used in design today is the
infamous rays of light usually found tucked away in the background of a
design or at the very forefront of the design such as in the picture
2. Black (or Coloured) Silhouettes
Vectorised silhouettes of people and other objects is definitely
second on the list. Made famous by the iPod campaign this technique can
now be seen everywhere. Notice the combination of the sun rays and
3. Ink Splatter
Closely contending with number 4, ink splatters are everywhere. Ink
Splatters do add a cool / trendy look to a design and they do blend
well with grunge style designs however ink splatters should be used in
4. Swirls / Flourishes / Ornaments
Swirls seem to be all the rage at the moment as they are quite
appealing and generally just nice to look at. Flourishes &
ornaments go well together to create organic, fresh designs which is
quite ‘in’ at the moment.
5. Flowing Lines
Flowing lines generally add motion and fluidity to a design which
gives it a certain emotion when combined with other elements (ie. funky
circles as seen above) which is generally why they come up so often.
6. Funky Circles
The funky circle colour combo is evident in numerous designs across
the web and like the name suggests it does give a design a quite funky
look however they are being used everywhere!
7. Smoke Textures
These smoky effects are not as blatantly obvious as the other ones
as they are always in the background of a design however if you look a
bit closer, these smoky effects are everywhere.