Our friends from the creative design agency Cubicle Ninjas have crafted a 6-part blog series on the latest design trends. Throughout the next couple weeks, we’ll see an inspiring collection of images based on everything from branding to web design. To kick start the series, Cubicle Ninjas presents Branding Trends of 2014!

Below is a collection of great (and not so good) examples of the latest branding trends. This is the perfect guide to help prepare for brand design success in 2014. Take a look at what’s hot, what’s not, and what branding trends we’ll see throughout the next year.

Branding Trends 2014

What’s Hot

Simplification

When all the embellishments are left behind, a brand’s message is communicated more clearly.

Branding trends of 2014 presented by Cubicle Ninjas

Branding trends of 2014 presented by Cubicle Ninjas

Transparent Overlays

Transparent overlays can transform a stale logo into something more modern and refreshing.

Branding trends of 2014 presented by Cubicle Ninjas

Branding trends of 2014 presented by Cubicle Ninjas

 

What’s Not

Metallics

Using metallics can make the brand seem inexpensive and outdated.

Branding trends of 2014 presented by Cubicle Ninjas

Badges and Buttons

Badges and buttons is an overused design concept. With this trend, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd.

Branding trends of 2014 presented by Cubicle Ninjas

The Next Fad

Rounded Typography

Rounded typography can be fun, elegant, modern, or even formal. Using rounded type, a brand has endless possibilities to work with.

Branding trends of 2014 presented by Cubicle Ninjas

Branding trends of 2014 presented by Cubicle Ninjas

 

Multi-Fonts

Multi-fonts is a great way to avoid any confusion, especially when a brand has two core messages they want to convey in their design.

Branding trends of 2014 presented by Cubicle Ninjas

 

Branding trends of 2014 presented by Cubicle Ninjas

To view more inspiring images, please visit the full version on the Cubicle Ninjas’ blog.

What are some branding trends you believe will be big in 2014? Be sure to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.