Happy New Year! We are very excited to kickstart the new year with our 2021 Design Trends Predictions!

This time, we grouped our trends predictions into six categories that we feel will influence the creative industry as well as share tons of tutorials to help you master the trends like a pro!

Before we jump to our trend predictions, we want to highlight two key themes that will continue to play an essential role within the creative industry in 2021 and beyond.

Theme 1: Stay home, isolation, 

social distancing 

We predict that designers and illustrators will continue to create artwork around the pandemic theme; So expect to see campaigns and artwork focused around staying safe and being safe!

Theme 2. Nature, organic products, environment, sustainable future/present

This theme will continue to be very influential this year! Due to the pandemic, social, political and environmental issues, we are now more than ever longing to be outdoors, free and importantly looking to create a safer sustainable and equal future. So expect to see artwork based around this theme from posters, photography, packaging to web design.

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Here is an overview of our 2021 Trend Prediction!

1. Abstract Minimalism

  • Exaggerated proportions and poses of characters
  • Flat, geometric shapes overlaid on top of each other
  • Bright block colours, no gradients, minimal shading/noise
  • Over-saturated colour palettes (this is because consumer experience is predominantly on screen, not print)

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Want to learn more? Here are some recommended tutorials to get you inspired!

2. Empty Lines  

  • Combination of block colours and empty lines
  • Organic shapes (curves, spheres, rounded rectangles)
  • Fluid motion in animation and motion design

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Want to learn more? Here are some recommended tutorials to get you inspired!

3. DIY, Arts & Crafts inspired

As the world moves more towards digital media, we are still longing to create art using our hands and traditional media.

  • Raw, unpolished artwork
  • Embracing imperfections, human error
  • Home-made, home-grown
  • Mixed-media
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    Want to learn more? Here are some recommended tutorials to inspire you to explore Traditional art!

    4. Tactile 3D, Digital Miniatures

    • Heavily stylised characters with realistic motion
    • Tactile, clay-like aesthetics
    • Turntable animation

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    Want to learn more? Here are some recommended tutorials to get you inspired!

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    5. Framed Environment

    • Creative containers
    • Invisible boundaries
    • Compact storytelling devices

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    Want to learn more? Here are some recommended tutorials!

    6. Concentric compositions

    • Roundtable animations
    • Spherical distortions
    • Radial symmetry

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    Want to learn more? Here are some recommended tutorials!


    I hope you found our Design trends inspirational; please note that design trends rarely appear isolated; a great designer will learn to combine styles and add their creative touch.

    Designers should always keep an eye on emerging styles as often as possible and experiment with many creative mediums and techniques. The more you combine and test, the more likely you will find a design style that becomes a trend itself.


    Graphic Design Trends 2020

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    About the author 

    Shumi Perhiniak

    Shumi is a self-taught graphic designer, in 2012 she took one-year sabbatical career break, where she devoted her time studying Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. In just after 6 months she started freelancing and within a year become a Certified Photoshop Expert. Over the years she worked both in-house and in agency roles as a retoucher, artworker and moved on from junior to senior design roles.

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