19 comments

  • Aaron Wears Many HatsAaron Wears Many Hats, 27 days ago

    I'm pretty torn on this. On the one hand, the illustrations are really nice, and I do like the aesthetic quality of hand drawn/painted illustration.

    On the other hand, I can just see these becoming the default placeholders for every bootstrap-esque off-the-shelf product for the next six months until the next trend comes along.

    On the third, awkward mutant hand, it's also kinda devaluing other illustrators by offering this sort of stuff for free, and devaluing your own personal brand. Maybe that's not an issue here though?

    Like I said, I'm torn on it. The quality of work and presentation on the page is very nice however :)

    9 points
    • Personable Man, 26 days ago

      Yeah, full marks to the artist for doing this and making it available for free, BUT:

      not implementing a commercial license of some sort might lead this unique artwork to become the next Humaans.com, which is now an incredibly generic art style.

      0 points
    • Frédéric AudetFrédéric Audet, 24 days ago

      I'm 100% behind everything you said.

      1 point
    • Mike StevensonMike Stevenson, 23 days ago

      Trends are trends. If that happens then so be it, the design community will move on to the next trend and another site like this will pop up. I kind of like when this happens as it keeps designers moving onto the "next shiny thing" which IMO helps things from getting stagnant.

      0 points
      • Oliver Swig, 23 days ago

        Designers should not seek out trends to jump on they should think creatively for the problem at hand and strive to at least be original with their concept/approach. Real designers keep things from getting stagnant, not the design community.

        0 points
        • Mike StevensonMike Stevenson, 23 days ago

          Sure, but not every designer is a pro. Amateur designers can use resources like this very easily which drives more experienced people to create new things.

          1 point
  • James Young, 28 days ago

    I guess they're useful in a relevant context as anything can be, I'm not generally a fan and Mailchimp have absolutely nailed this style and implementation it's hard to look beyond anything using this style being a bit of a knockoff of that.

    That said, if people want to create unique and interesting stuff they then share, then that's awesome.

    6 points
  • Oliver Swig, 28 days ago

    I just wrote an E-Book and im using all of these. Sorry guys!

    5 points
  • , 28 days ago

    I found this project on ProductHunt - https://www.producthunt.com/posts/absurd-design, is a very popular topic these days and it's shared by big websites like CSS Tricks and SmashingMagazine.

    So, what do you think about this style and movement?

    4 points
  • John PJohn P, 28 days ago

    Collins branding as a service

    3 points
  • Dave BowkerDave Bowker, 28 days ago

    I love this. You know why? It's different! In a web where everything is pretty much the same, styles aside, this stands out.

    0 points
    • Joey PrijsJoey Prijs, 28 days ago

      Sure is different! Oh.. https://mailchimp.com/resources/clear-last-years-inventory/

      Why does this always happen in the design community? Someone comes up with a new style and everybody and their mother starts copying it, effectively killing the style (since it's overused). Rinse and repeat..

      8 points
      • Adam Fisher-CoxAdam Fisher-Cox, 28 days ago

        Love the downvoting without replying... you're exactly right. This only exists because Mailchimp popularized this style.

        3 points
        • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, 28 days ago

          Am I having deja vu? Didn't this exact conversation happen almost word for word here a couple of weeks ago? Maybe it was Twitter.

          0 points
      • Jon White, 27 days ago

        This is painfully true.

        3 points
      • Oliver Swig, 27 days ago

        Because young designers dont understand that this is not design...it's illustration. Design is communication and problem solving in service to a client or product. New designers are too lazy to reinvent so they just bite each other and put style over substance, I mean why actually challenge yourself to come up with something new that's tailored to a clients needs when you can just download this trendy illy pack.

        0 points
      • Lucas CobbLucas Cobb, 23 days ago

        Because everything has already been done before and it is extremely difficult to come up with something outside the box.

        0 points
  • Bobby WomackBobby Womack, 28 days ago

    I think it's the apogee of a trend of illustrations placement. Hope the world getting closer to get back to use photos instead of such sh*t, as Slack did after the latest redesign.

    -6 points
    • , 28 days ago

      I think you're wrong.

      I'm happy there are so many options to choose how to create a project and the style of the project. I think the web/graphic design is like the history of art, but grow faster. Now we're in the surrealist period of the internet :D

      The diversity of art is better, instead of just photos photos photos... Where is the creativity?

      10 points