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12 signs that you’re a trendy designer


12 signs that you’re a trendy designer

The popularity of things like Dribbble rebounds just goes to show how inspirational we all find other people’s work. But there’s inspiration, and then there’s derivation.

Have you flirted a little too closely with trends? Here’s 12 signs that you’re a trendy designer:


1. You made a spoof of the ‘Keep Calm’ poster

Keep Calm and Carry On


2. Your go-to font is Proxima Nova

Proxima Nova


3. On Dribbble, you post angled photographs of your user interface designs rather than screenshots

Angled photographs


4. You recently started adding long shadows toeverything

Long shadows


5. You’ve written a blog post about flat design

Flat design


6. You’ve made your own series of minimal movie posters

Minimal movie posters


7. Your personal logo features interlocking letters…

Interlocking letters


8. …or a crossed “X”.

Crossed X


9. You’ve released your own icon set

Icon set


10. You’ve designed your own to-do app…



11. …or your own weather app

Weather app


12. You’ve ‘redesigned’ iOS7



How many of these are you guilty of? Are there any other trends that are being abused? Let us know in the comments.

About the author
Sam Jones is a Freelance Designer whose work spans multiple disciplines such as brand identity, design for print, web design and illustration. As well as being the owner of one man design studio, Sivioco, he’s also an advisor for Mostash. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @Sivioco. More articles by Sam Jones

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