Graphic Design Trends for 2022 💥
Bright, vibrant, pop art colors will be back in 2022. They'll also be bringing together designs that link us all. Trends change, but certain themes, such as bold colors, artistic typography and abstract shapes, remain relevant. You may be asking, Are trends important to graphic designers or just fads?
You can use popular trends to help you think of design ideas and sharpen your skills with the latest graphic elements, whether you are a freelance graphic designer, creative director or design director. The current and future visual trends in fashion, advertising, and television tell us a lot about the world. To create designs that are memorable and resonate with their audiences, designers of all kinds must keep their finger on the pulse of cultural events.
Graphic designers who are able and willing to keep up with current trends have an advantage over those who stay the same way year after year. Your work will be more easily recognized by clients if you are able to create new, trend-oriented designs. All right, let's start.
This type of design is likely to be familiar to anyone who has read any articles about design trends for this year. Many people are shifting their UI design towards the "Glassmorphism" trend. Glassmorphism can be described as a design style that is very popular in UI design. Background frames and buttons are blurred so they look like glass, but some of the shape, light, color, and other elements can still be seen through them.
These elements can be very modern and sleek if used correctly. This allows the UI to blend in with the background, and gives the user a feeling of depth and immersion. This design style was popularized in the iOS7 design system, but it has been rediscovered since last year. Glassmorphism is a great tool for design. However, if used too often or without careful consideration, Glassmorphism may make UI designs more confusing. It can blur the lines, make everything appear transparent and out of context.
This technique should not be overused. This design style tends to produce more muted colors and muted shades in your design. Although desaturated colors can be good, it is not necessarily a bad thing. However, you should be aware of the impact muted colour palettes may have on your visual experience. This is a great new trend that will be very popular in the coming years.
We'll see the rise of Retro-Futurism this year. Although there have been many "vintage" and "retro" styles for years, the latest trend is to take visual elements from vintage sources and modernize them to create a contemporary design style. Typography design is a popular area where retro design is prominent. Designers are using bold fonts that evoke retro posters, but have simplified the fonts to make them more simple.
The 60s look great with this bold typography, bold colors, and retro vibe. This can be a powerful way for you to reach your audience, as we have already discussed. We've also noticed a notable trend in designers recreating pop culture topics using a vintage design aesthetic. This crossover is between contemporary musicians. This trend can be incorporated into your designs by taking inspiration from a throwback piece of furniture, using brighter colors and heavy fonts. This design style can be used in funky shapes!
3. Pop-art and comics
Comic book design has been redesigned recently, with its heavy typefaces and action lines and a mix of bold and grainy colors. This style, like pop art, was distinguished by its design and color. It received a controversial response. There are many styles of comic book art, and many have changed over the years. However, they all share a common theme: bright colors and surrealist drawing styles.
This is no surprise, considering that the Marvel franchise is one the most successful movie franchises worldwide, and movies such as Suicide Squad and Watchman have been hugely successful.
4. 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.
Our platform is used by many users to create content such as this. Our platform allows you to control your lines with unparalleled precision. We also support third-party tablets and pencils like the Wacom Intuos Pro. This design trend also fits into one of the other trends on this list: creating connections through design. Your designs will have a personal touch thanks to hand-drawn illustrations. This trend can be incorporated into your work by creating simple illustrations that you then add to an existing design. A great way to add a unique touch to a graphic is to create custom illustrations.
5. Design black/white
We are still seeing companies adopting a darker palette, just like last year. Apps have the ability to choose a dark mode color scheme. However, many apps are now defaulting to a darker palette. Some apps even simplify to a black-and-white scheme. This is a great example of how technology and current culture can directly influence design and change what is popular.
There are many reasons to choose a darker color scheme. However, the most important reason is that they are easier on the eyes. We have all been spending more time on our phones this year and we need to reduce eye strain from too much blue light. A dark background makes the text stand out and doesn't cause too much strain to the eyes. We believe that the default setting of dark mode will be used by more websites and apps in the future, as we stated last year.
It is likely that black and white designs are becoming more popular than retro designs this year, due to the same reason: nostalgia. Many people associate black and white movies and cartoons with nostalgia. It is an easy way to invoke feelings of nostalgia. Before you make the switch to white or black, ensure that there is no color in your branding and clients.
6. Design Monochrome/duochrome
We've covered the recent popularity of black and white design. Also known as Achromatic design. Now let's discuss the increasing popularity of monochromatic (one or two colors) design. Simple palettes have been a big hit this year and offer viewers a welcome break after they've seen some of the more busy design trends (we're looking specifically at pop art).
This trend allows consumers to focus on the important things, such as your product or message, rather than being distracted by loud and flashy designs. Harmony can be achieved by using monochromatic or duochromatic colors. Two colors are included in duochromatic designs, giving you more options when designing a piece. They produce the same emotions as a stress-free interaction in design. To make monochrome or duochrome designs stand out, you can use color transitions, color gradients and other design elements.
These color schemes combine different light and dark colors to create shapes and communicate patterns to the viewers. These designs are made more effective by the use of shading. This trend could be a refreshing break from the more vibrant trends we've discussed and, despite not having much color, it could stand out.
7. Natural inspirations
The natural environment is one of the best sources of inspiration in graphic design. More brands are using logos design elements that mimic or evoke elements of nature, such as plants and rivers. There is also a new design trend that has texture in several elements, such as film grain or other tactile examples. There is a current design trend that incorporates texture into various elements, especially film grain and other tactile examples.
Also, we are seeing more muted color palettes and schemes that use earth tones or soft pastels. This may be due to the rise in vintage modern design aesthetics. It is easy to see why design trends lean towards the natural world. Being stuck indoors for so many years has made us nostalgic for the outdoors and crave more time outside. Nature-inspired design can be a great way of addressing this need. Your audience can feel connected and fonder when you invoke elements of nature even though many are kept at home. This type of design can also be found in, for example, starter templates of good Wordpress themes such as Divi.
8. Psychedelic design
We are digging the 70s! This year, designers are channeling their inner flower child by creating psychedelic prints and funky designs. Psychedelia was a music and art trend that fueled the hippie movement in the 1960s and 70s. This Latin expression means " To open the mind". It was a movement that used psychedelic drugs in order to open minds and induce hallucinations.
Psychedelia is more than just hallucinogenic drugs or music festivals. It created a whole cultural moment, way to speak, and clothing style. Psychedelia was a combination of chaotic images and abstract shapes. Another trend following the nostalgia design trend is this. Psychedelic design was inspired by pop-art's use of intense color patterns and optical color vibration. It is also believed to have borrowed design concepts and designs from comic books.
The psychedelic design is easily spotted, with bright colors and unique shapes that almost create an optical illusion effect on viewers. Similar to the original movement, the reemergence this chaotic theme full abstract shapes and distorted design has emerged from a moment of time that felt unstable and new.
9. Tactile Design
The topic of vintage designs being modernized and natural design elements is not the only trend in graphic design. Tactile design has gained more popularity over the past year. This design sensibility is based on UI and graphic design you can almost feel. The digital world is changing. From Google's " Material" design that mimics paper to the sleekness and texture of glassmorphism, and designs inspired from natural elements, it's becoming less abstract and more tangible.
A recent trend in 3D art is also becoming more popular in the design process. This can be digitally created or printed from physical media. This sense of tactility is no doubt a result of the increasing number of digital natives within the tech sector. It shares some design elements and the handmade Guerilla Zine Culture created by the first commercially accessible copy machines in the United States, in the early 1950s.
10. Voxel Design
Voxel Art is a form of digital art that uses "volumetric pixels," also known as 3D pixels. It can be used to create illustrations, games, and animations. 3D design has been around for a while, but it is now more popular among designers. Although there are many types of voxel artwork, all of them are based on the concept of connecting blocks to form a composition. Voxel Art is a classic videogame that's instantly recognisable by its Voxel design. The 2015 Adam Sandler movie Pixels uses 3D illustrations throughout.
Voxel art, a style that uses geometric shapes in a way that is very similar to Legos, is easily recognized and distinct. This playful and geometric design looks straight out of a videogame. This trend is in keeping with retro fashion and offers a unique look that will be loved by clients and customers alike. Geometric shapes have been a popular choice for tech and videogame companies. They use this style to remind customers of their roots. This style is ideal for tech companies looking to stand out from the rest.
11. Abstract Minimalism
Abstract minimalism is a popular choice for designers. This unique look is often paired with saturated- & distorted proportions of characters and text. Minimalism is an abstract form of art that was popularized in the 1960s. It is made up of simplified shapes. Minimalist designs use only the essential elements to create a piece of art. Minimalist design can also be applied to fashion and interior design. In recent years, minimalism has become a popular lifestyle choice. Many people are now able to get rid of unnecessary items and clutter in order to live a simpler life.
With the rise in popularity of the Japanese organizer Marie Kondo, the idea has become even more popular. Kondo urges people to eliminate anything that does not "bring them joy" in their homes and lives on Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. Design can be as simple or complex as you want. Abstract minimalism is becoming more popular lately, with character drawings. A powerful skill in any designer's toolkit is to learn how to use minimalism within your design.
12. Jewel tones
This year, jewel tones have been incredibly popular in design once again. Jewel tones are rich, deep colors that are inspired by gemstones such as Amber, and Sapphire. These rich tones make a bold design palette that really pops in any design. Jewel tones can give a design a unique look and make it stand out from others. This year, gilded items are very popular with gold being the most sought-after color by designers.
A lot of gold is used in textured designs. Everyday items are often colored with gold to make them stand out. It's not only gold that is popular this year. For example, Azure was 2nd in color growth in 2020, growing over 90% in a single year. This is just one of the many gem tones making a big impact in design. We don't believe they will slow down anytime soon.