Is design going round in circles?

Let's get this straight from the start: we don't have anything against circles as such. They're definitely one of the best shapes. But haven't you ever felt that sometimes designers go just a little too far with the circles? They seem to popping up everywhere these days, in everything from illustration to logo design.

There's something irresistible about a perfect circle, and humans have been fixated on this shape for a very long time; unsurprising really, considering that every 28 days there's a brilliant example of one up in the night sky. So it's only natural that the circle has been a feature in artwork for as long as humans have felt the urge to make markings on flat surfaces.

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.