Graphic Design Trends for 2021 💥
The Graphic design trends in 2021 are diverse and rich. They adapt to technology and social changes faster than ever before. The rise of web design innovation is having a ripple effect across all design areas. Both trends are towards depth and reality, but also fun and simplicity. There is also an interesting rise of cool and chaotic illusion design. Let us inspire you in 2021.
1. Illustrations hand-drawn
It is a long-standing tradition to use hand-drawn illustrations in order to convey a feeling of familiarity, softness and authenticity. Over the past year, more brands have moved in this direction. A custom illustration can communicate a lot about a brand's feelings and story. Custom illustration can convey a feeling of place and mood that isn’t possible with other types of graphic design.
Many users use our platform to create content like this. Our platform allows for you to precisely control your lines. Third-party pencils and tablets such as the Wacom Intuos Pro are also supported by our platform. This design trend fits in with one of the other trends listed: connecting through design. Hand-drawn illustrations will give your designs a personal touch. You can incorporate this trend into your work by creating simple illustrations you then add to an existing layout. You can add an individual touch to any graphic by creating custom illustrations.
2. Design Monochrome/duochrome
We have covered the popularity of black-and-white design. Also called Achromatic design. Let's now discuss monochromatic design, which is one or two-color. These simple palettes are a huge hit this year, and provide viewers with a welcome break from the busy design trends (we're specifically looking at pop art).
This trend allows customers to concentrate on the important aspects, like your product or message, and not be distracted by flashy designs. Monochromatic and duochromatic colors can create harmony. Duochromatic designs include two colors, which gives you more options for designing your piece. They can produce the same emotions and interactions in design as a stress-free one. You can use color transitions, color grades, and other design elements to make monochrome and duochrome designs standout.
These color schemes combine light and dark colors to make shapes and communicate patterns to viewers. The use of shading makes these designs more effective. This trend is a refreshing departure from the more colorful trends we've talked about and could stand out despite not being very bright.
3. Pop-art and comics
Recent changes to comic book design include a heavier typeface and action lines, as well as a mixture of bold and gritty colors. Like pop art, this style was distinguished by its color and design. It was met with a mixed response. There are many styles and variations of comic book art. Many have evolved over time. They all have a common theme, however: bright colors and surrealist drawing style.
It's not surprising, given that Marvel is the most successful movie franchise in the world, and movies like Suicide Squad or Watchman have been enormously successful.
Anyone who has ever read articles on design trends for the year will be familiar with this type of design. Many are moving towards "Glassmorphism" in their UI design. Glassmorphism is a popular design style in UI design. Background frames and buttons appear blurred to look like glass. However, some elements, such as shape, light and color can still be clearly seen.
If used properly, these elements can look very sleek and modern. This allows the UI and background to blend together, giving the user a sense of depth and immersion. This design style was first popularized by the iOS7 design system. However, it has been rediscovered in recent years. Glassmorphism can be used to great effect in design. Glassmorphism can make UI designs more complicated if it is used too often. It can blur the lines and make everything seem transparent, out of context.
This design technique shouldn't be used too often. This design style produces more muted colors and muted hues in your design. Desaturated colors are not always a bad thing. You should however be aware of how muted color palettes can impact your visual experience. This trend is going to be extremely popular in the next few years.
5. Design black/white
Companies are still using a darker color palette just as last year. Apps can choose from a dark mode color scheme. Many apps now default to a darker color scheme. Apps can even be simplified to a black and white scheme. This is a great example how technology and current culture can influence design and change what's popular.
There are always reasons why you should choose a darker color scheme. The most important reason to choose a darker color scheme is because they are easier for the eyes. Our phones have been used more this year, and it is important to reduce the strain on the eyes from too much blue light. Dark backgrounds make text stand out more and don't strain the eyes. As we said last year, more apps and websites will use dark mode as their default setting.
Because of the same reason, nostalgia makes black and white designs more popular than retro ones. Many people associate nostalgia with black and white cartoons and movies. This is a great way to invoke nostalgia. Make sure that your branding is not colored and that you have no clients who are black or white before making the switch.
This year will see the rise in Retro-Futurism. There have been many styles that are "vintage" or "retro" over the years. The latest trend is to modernize vintage visual elements to create a contemporary design style. Retro design is very popular in typography design. Designers use bold fonts that recall retro posters but simplify the fonts to make them easier.
This bold typography, bold color scheme, and retro vibe make the 60s great. As we've already mentioned, this can be a powerful way to reach your audience. A notable trend we've noticed is that designers are reinterpreting pop culture topics with a vintage design aesthetic. This is a crossover between contemporary musicians. You can incorporate this trend into your designs by using a throwback piece furniture as inspiration. You can use this design style in funky shapes.
7. Natural inspiration
Graphic design is inspired by the natural world. Logo design elements are being used by more brands to evoke or mimic elements of nature such as rivers and plants. A new trend in design is to incorporate texture into multiple elements such as film grain and other tactile examples. A current trend is to incorporate texture in various elements, including film grain or other tactile examples.
We are also seeing more muted colors and schemes that use soft pastels or earth tones. This could be because of the popularity of vintage modern design aesthetics. It's easy to see why design trends favor the natural world. We have been trapped indoors so long that we feel a need to be outside more often. This need can be addressed with nature-inspired design. When you use elements from nature, even if they are not kept at home, your audience will feel more connected and fond. This design is also available in starter templates for Wordpress themes like Divi.
8. Psychedelic design
The 70s are a favorite! Designers are channeling their inner flower child this year by creating psychedelic designs and prints. Psychedelia was a music- and art-trend that fueled the hippie movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Latin for "To open the mind", this expression is translated from Latin. This was a movement that used psychoedelic drugs to open minds and incite hallucinations.
Psychedelic drugs and music festivals are not all that psychedelia is. It created a new cultural moment, a way of speaking, and a new clothing style. Psychedelia was a mixture of abstract shapes and chaotic images. This is another trend that follows the nostalgia design trend. The use of vivid color patterns and the optical color vibrations in pop-art inspired psychedelic design. It is believed that it borrowed design ideas and designs from comic books.
It is easy to spot the psychedelic design, which features bright colors and unusual shapes that almost create an optical illusion effect. The reemergence of this chaotic theme with abstract shapes and distorted design is similar to the original movement. It was born from an unstable moment in time.
9. Tactile Design
Graphic design isn't just about vintage designs being modernized. Natural design elements are also a popular trend. In the last year, tactile design has seen a rise in popularity. This design philosophy is based upon UI and graphic design that you can almost feel. Digital world is changing. It's changing from Google's "Material" design, which mimics paper, to the sleekness of glassmorphism and designs inspired by natural elements. It's becoming less abstract and tangible.
3D art is a popular trend in design. These can be created digitally or printed using physical media. The increasing number of digital natives in the tech sector has no doubt contributed to this sense of tactility. It shares design elements with the handmade Guerilla Zine Culture, which was created in the United States by the first commercially available copy machines in 1950.
10. Voxel Design
Voxel Art, also known as 3D pixels, is a type of digital art that uses "volumetricpixels." You can use it to create animations, games, or illustrations. 3D design is a popular technique that designers are now using more frequently. There are many kinds of voxel art, but all are based on connecting blocks to create a composition. Voxel Art, a classic videogame, is instantly recognisable because of its Voxel design. The 2015 Adam Sandler movie Pixels features 3D illustrations.
Voxel art is a style that employs geometric shapes in a manner very similar to Legos. It is easy to recognize and distinguish. This fun and playful design is straight out of a videogame. This retro trend will appeal to both customers and clients. Geometric shapes are a favorite choice for videogame and tech companies. This style is used to remind customers about their roots. This design is perfect for tech companies that want to stand out.
11. Abstract Minimalism
Designers love abstract minimalism. This unusual look can be paired with saturated- and distorted proportions characters and text. Minimalism, an abstract art form that became popular in the 1960s, is called minimalism. It is composed of simplified shapes. Minimalist design uses only the essential elements to create art. Minimalist design is also applicable to interior and fashion design. Minimalist design has been a very popular choice in recent years. Many people can now get rid of clutter and unnecessary items to lead a simpler lifestyle.
The idea is now more popular thanks to the popularity of Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizer. Kondo encourages people to get rid of anything that doesn't "bring them joy." You can design as simple or as complex as you like. With character drawings, abstract minimalism is growing in popularity. Learning how to incorporate minimalism into your design is a powerful skill for any designer.
12. Jewel tones
Jewel tones are back in fashion this year. The rich and deep jewel tones are inspired by gemstones like Sapphire and Amber. These bold tones create a striking design palette that pops in any design. A design can be given a unique look by using jewel tones. Gilded items are a hot trend this year with gold being the most desired color by designers.
Textured designs often use a lot of gold. To make everyday items stand out, gold is often used in textured designs. This year, it's not just gold that is in fashion. Azure, which grew over 90% in just one year, was second in color growth for 2020. This is only one example of many gem tones that are making an impact on design. This type of design won't slow down soon.