With each passing year, we see new trends emerging in the world of design and old ones fading out. And given the state of affairs in 2020, trends in the new year need to be like a breath of fresh air after the chaos.
2021 will be all about putting people first. Expect to see a revival of classic symbolism with aspirational icons and empowering figures. Authentic images and culturally diverse photography will prevail over stereotypical imagery.
Designers will explore new horizons with genres such as abstract psychedelia and seamless surrealism. Retro futurism in color and typography is a trend we will see more of, specially in sports and fitness imagery. Gradients will evolve to blurry, blended backgrounds with grain filters that feel transitory and real-to-the-touch.
The team at 99designs has sampled opinions and predictions for 2021 from their global community of graphic designers and collated the data into an excellent infographic that features relevant examples of each trend. Check it out below.
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