Ultimate list of design trends for 2021

Wondering about the design trends that will shape the industry in 2021?

Take a peek at this mega list of articles. I’ve provided a few key highlights as well as the link to each original article and trends list. Enjoy!

Graphic / Design trends

  • Responsive clutter – stacked images and text / Overlapping designs
  • Seamless surrealism (the real intertwined with the surreal)
  • Authentic & honest – using authentic people vs models in illustration and stock photos
  • Irreverent characters – favoring quirky characters vs abstract visuals
  • Comics and pop art
  • and much more! Take a look at the resources below.

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Graphic Design Trends in 2021 by graphicmama
  • Minimalism / clean thin lines
  • Unusual fonts and arrangements, divergent letters
  • Modernized symbolism
  • Gradient
  • Text destruction
  • Monograms & abbreviations
  • Stained glass
  • Perspective drawing
  • Simplistic geometry / pristine symmetry
  • Authentic portraiture / Kooky characters
  • Static motion

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Colour trends

  • Muted colours and soft pastels
  • Nostalgic faded colour
  • Purposely limited palettes
  • Radical monochrome
  • Colour as a political statement
  • Pantone two colours of the year: Illuminating & Ultimate grey
  • Set Sail Champagne #FAEBD7
  • Fortuna Gold #Daa520
  • Tidewater Green #2F4F4F

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Web & UX/UI design trends

  • Emphasis on data / detailed data visualizations
  • Availability of use / accessibility
  • Dark mode / night shift / low light UI
  • Modern minimalism / flat design
  • Soft shadows / floating elements of images / rotating animations / parallax animation / motion graphics
  • Non-traditional scrolling / scrolling transformations
  • Immersive & interactive 3D elements
  • Glassmorphism
  • Micro interactions / micro animations
  • Voice-activated interface
  • Microcopy

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Photography trends

  • Masks & distance
  • Solo outdoors
  • Authentic imagery / real life / natural lighting
  • Inclusion (people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, body types, etc.)
  • Nature
  • 360-degree photography
  • Aerial photography
  • et more!

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digital marketing trends

  • Social media becoming top channel for purchase
  • Virtual events are here to stay (higher accessibility & ROI)
  • Alternate promotional sites
  • Human connections
  • Voice search optimization
  • Less social channels

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Interior design trends

  • Happiness and joy through patterns, forms and colors
  • Organic/natural elements
  • Space-themed wallpaper
  • Open-air showers
  • Dusky rooms / doors & dividers
  • Setting a “Zoom” stage for virtual meetings
  • A combination of Japanese design (Japandi) with sleek lines and neutral color palettes & Scandinavian minimalism

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(Last modified: February 7, 2021)