“So, I’m reading different blogs and e-mags about the “art trends” for 2015. Seems as though “flat graphics” is the trend du jour. Now ‘flat’ has been around for a few years now, it’s actually a hold over from the Art Deco period in the 1920’s and ’30’s, and made a powerful resurgence in the ’60’s and ’70’s. I’ve seen it now and then, over the years, done a few graphics that were more ‘flat’ than usual, when the job warranted it; but I always seem to not know when to stop – the essence of ‘flat’ is the simplicity. I like the color of flat graphics, color is what makes it, as far as rendering goes. The concept is the main thing that carries it.
Unfortunately, I like dimension of some sort or other. I like texture. I try not to do trends, if I can avoid them. Some people love flat graphics; talking to one artist friend of mine, he liked the idea. It would make his workload move a bit faster. Another, when looking at his contemporaries’ work, said he couldn’t stand – his words – ” the crap out there”. Recently, I’d read a review for a software upgrade and the reviewer was angry that the icons all became flat after he’d upgraded.
I don’t know, in the right context I think they work. However, there are some places that it just galls me that a great illustrative B&W spot drawing, or a full blown 4-color deal wasn’t used. There are magazines and news papers that were known for their wonderful illustrations – I’m not just talking ‘realistic’ representations, I’m talking about imaginative abstracted ideas too. Now I see ‘flats’ taking over these publications and it seems to lessen the impact, at least for me.
Maybe I’ve been in this business too long. I did this piece (above), thinking I should just go with it – the trend I mean. It went quickly, I have to admit. I felt it needed some texture, but that’s just me. It just feels like something I’ve done before.