Bring on 2021 - A review of emerging graphic design trends

Updated: Jul 5, 2021

“The best way to predict the future is to create it” - Abraham Lincoln

As we bitterly turn our back at 2020 - we are welcoming the year that has just turned. We’ve made a compilation of our favourite graphic design trends; those that inspire us the most. And to illustrate our thoughts we have decided to showcase some of the recent AGDA Graphic Design Awards student finalists - a collection of our favourite pieces.

We hope to inspire you, open your minds and give you an opportunity to visually explore different styles and ideas, whilst showing off some home-grown talent.

1. Play on Letters

We love showcasing the beauty of the shapes that make our roman letter system. As designers we dissect types by looking at the curves, edges or roundness of the arms, shoulders, legs, crossbars, bowls, tails and serifs of each type. We love this new trend as we think that very few things beat a beautiful piece of creative crafted with nothing but letters.

2. Geometric Shapes

Carefully positioned lines and shapes can help structure information on a canvas. Whilst it may look as if they are randomly placed, not a single graphic element is actually positioned at random. It’s all about creating a balanced composition. We included this trend in our compilation as it is an art to create and design such composition.

3. Flat Illustrations

Over the last decade we’ve seen a true simplification of designs, particularly with logos. Flat illustrations enjoyed significant popularity before the rise of 3D aesthetics, but we are seeing a return to flat styles and aesthetics in 2021. These charming styles create a refreshingly clear and simple aesthetic, though highly stylised, that stands out immediately.

4. Organic Illustrations

The exact opposite of flat illustrations - organic illustrations - are exquisitely detailed and are now increasingly used to express authenticity, craft and nature. The use of organic lines and crosshatches create clever imitations of shadows, gradients and textures. They are the new black and whites of illustrations and, when superimposed over earthy tones, give the design an authentic look and feel.

We think that simplicity and minimalism are still at the core of modern design. And we believe that 2021 will show a more direct interpretation of minimalism and its principles through a range of appealing styles.

We hope we’ve inspired you. If you would like to know how we can help you develop a unique and modern brand identity for your business, we can help.

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