Every year, we chat with the global community of independent designers working on 99designs by Vista to get their predictions for the. design trends should dominate in the coming year.
And as we take a hopeful look at 2022 for a fresh start that this year may not have quite delivered, our pent-up collective creative energy begins to unleash interesting avenues.
While some of us have sought comfort in the pre-pandemic past, others have sought experimentation, adventure, and rebellion. As a result, the design trends that are expected to be influential in 2022 are a complementary marriage of the old and the new, the familiar and the unknown.
Make the past the future
While the ’80s certainly had their time in the sun (again) in recent years, the retro revival has now firmly entered the next decade. The nostalgia of the ’90s is well and truly back, offering a sense of coziness and familiarity with bright colors and lively patterns, classic emojis and dated internet frames reminiscent of an era dominated by a young cyberculture. These nostalgic design elements are playful, simple, and bring back childhood memories that subconsciously alleviate some of the heaviness and overwhelm of the past year.
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And that’s not the only style from the turn of the millennium that we see taking hold. You may remember before 2000 that the world feared it was doomed to be destroyed by technology when the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2000. When it turned out not to be, the design reflected the optimism that anything is possible and once again, that hope for what lies ahead has seen the Y2K aesthetic return to popular culture. Using unpolished interfaces, low poly CGI images, bubblegum pinks, blue and iridescent colors, much like the backs of old CD-rom’s, these kitschy designs are full of endearing and innocent nostalgia.
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But these old-school-cool vibes aren’t the only trends coming back from the start of the internet age. The ‘Frasurbane’ style, named after ’90s American sitcom Frasier and the word’ urbane ‘, is the 2022 version of minimalism, featuring muted colors, carefully coordinated design cues, and simple, sophisticated serifs. It may be less visually exciting or direct than other styles of its time, but when done right it feels endearing and sophisticated, striving to be both grown-up and to maintain an element of youth.
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Find the light at the end of the tunnel
To fight against the gloom of 2021, graphic designers are inserting more and more brightness and their own personality into their work. In 2022, we’ll see this manifested in brilliant rounded graphics and bubble-shaped letters, inflated with elongated shapes and psychedelic colors to create friendly and cheerful designs. Irrepressibly positive circular shapes are effective methods of conveying conviviality, and this extreme bubble design trend manages to feel mature with a hint of childishness – exactly the kind of vitality-infused pleasure most of us have. need right now.
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Capturing this childish essence as well, we see a growing number of designs featuring hand drawn style doodles giving an uninhibited glimpse into the designer’s abstract mind. Daydream-style doodles may seem simple at first glance, but their softness is effective in making designs more human and understandable. These organic free-form designs can also help digital design feel more accessible, so expect to see this softer style gain traction in everything from product packaging to websites throughout the year. future.
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Fighting design standards
While some designers seek to be playful and emanate joy through design, others are going against the grain by embracing anti-design in 2022. It’s about overturning conventional design standards – in questioning what is considered “good design” and challenging traditional principles through the use of asymmetry, contrasting colors, empty spaces, blurred elements and jarring typography. While the past year has been largely about following the rules, this anti-design trend is anything but.
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Perhaps a little less dramatic, but no less experimental, we’ll also see plenty of expressive and experimental lettering designs pushing the boundaries of typography. Typefaces are typically used functionally, to communicate a name or message, but in 2022 designers will be using the lettering design to convey meaning on its own, without the need for other visuals. Think shapeless, mismatched letter shapes and breathtaking shapes that draw a thin line between readability and abstraction. Much like anti-design, the main rule of this trend is that there are no rules.
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Innovate with textures and patterns
Patterns are standard in graphic design. While they often play a supporting role, either as a background or to break up solid colors, over the next year or so, parametric patterns are promoted to star of the show. Based on geometric rules, these designs consist of complex, multidimensional structures that give the illusion of movement and fluidity, creating an innovative way to communicate complex subjects with minimal graphic elements.
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Flat vector work also comes to life in 2022, drawing inspiration from Ukiyo-e artists from the Edo period in Japan. You are probably familiar with one of the most famous works of art in this style, The Great Wave off Kanagawa. With bold outlines and solid colors, Ukiyo-e has been used to represent everything from serene landscapes and mythical fantasies to everyday scenes and portraits.
This style of artwork printed using hardwood blocks allows them to add dimensions and layers to bring digital vector work to life to create Flat design inspired by Ukiyo-e.
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Escape from 2021
If it wasn’t already obvious, after almost two years of home orders, the designers are ready to let their creativity run free. Diving deep into their imaginations, the designers seek to create intricate magical fantasy lands as a form of escape in reaction to a time when real-life adventure was limited. Creating worlds people can get lost in, filled with stimulating environments, whimsical characters and unexpected colors, these designs truly spark the imagination.
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In an equally dynamic display of experimentation, complex maximalism also sees designers bring a bit of creative chaos to design in 2022. Even bold styles like maximalism tend to have rules, but this year those rules are being ignored. and the result is much more than just being “the opposite of minimalism”. Expect designs that are more like assortments of opposing styles and tastes with many obscure objects, colors and patterns resulting in an aesthetic that will captivate and enchant the viewer. While complex maximalism can risk appearing too strong or too strong, this aesthetic feels powerful and liberating when channeled the right way.
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A revival of angst, ’90s grunge also seems to be a reaction to how the world has felt out of hand lately. Unlike the more vibrant aesthetic and flat graphics of the digital age, this style exudes moody energy. Distinguished by its grainy textures and austere images, complete with ink splashes and smudges, expect to see plenty of freelance zine-style collages and textured elements like duct tape, torn pages, and scribbled writing that give the designs a rough, hand-made feel.
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While these trends are all unique, together they are an integral part of this era we find ourselves in. Without a doubt, 2022 will be unpredictable, but when it comes to graphic design, one thing is for sure – it will be quite a trick. .