Top Graphic Design trends for 2021


Top Graphic Design trends for 2021

by Wishu
30 November 2020

Design trends for the coming year are always big news and 2021 is just around the corner, out with the old and in with the new has never been more wished for. This is part 1 out of 3.

1. 3D Design

3D design trend is not exactly new, to be fair but it’s getting cooler, and cooler. This design trend is one that has certainly made the most of more modern technological advances and software capabilities.

Kaan Yasa (book here)

John Vagabond (book here)

Kaan Yasa (book here)

John Vagabond (book here)

2. Emoji Design

Emoji’s are the now-ubiquitous form of pictograms, that enable designers to add the emotion to statements, sites, or printed media. Mainly but not only on social media- Snapchat, Instagram -Emoji’s encourage interaction. The same can be said of all your designs, the use of Emojis creates a reaction and a response, they lighten the mood (and we all need that) and they communicated the underlying feelings.

3. Nature-Inspired Design

Organic, softer, natural design trends have been coming up slowly on the sidelines of the top trends for the last 10 years or so.  The idea of mimicking nature, natural lights, softer, earthy colors and tones, natural gradients in color schemes, flowing lines – oh yes, it has been coming back into fashion. It fits with the trends of minimalism, muted color palettes, illustrations, there are color filters designed to create natural ambiances, textures featuring wood, stone, etc. the signs have been there for a while. But the big push has come somewhat of the blue.

Ozge Gul (book here)

4. Optical Illusion Design

When the image the brain receives doesn’t quite work as you perceive it should, a trick of the eye, what do you do? Immediately turn away and forget it, or spend some time staring at it trying to work it out. 

5. 3D Typography Design

The prediction for 2021 is that the popular typography designs of 2020 will be transformed into 3D. Ultra-realistic lettering that feels like you can reach in and touch it. Alongside this 3D are elements of animation, texture, and pattern. In fact, typography design is rapidly becoming a great symbol of innovation in graphic design, utilizing all the most fashionable, go-to techniques, and using them in stunning and imaginative ways.

Jodi Feddon (book here)

Jodi Feddon (book here)


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