Graphic design trends can be influenced by culture and media, past and present, technology, fashion, and other industries.
Madeleine Morley at The American Institute for Graphic Arts says, “A trend never simply emerges for a single year and then disappears in a puff of smoke. Instead, and aesthetic becomes popular gradually, even mysteriously, over time before fizzling out slowly without much notice at all.”
Some of these trends for 2016 are interesting and fun — like the “modern” retro style, negative space, and dramatic typography. Being aware of these trends can be two fold. First, and most obvious, so your designs can be up-to-date and in the know. Second, knowing these trends can be a good thing so you know if a specific trend is being over used so you can avoid it.