Our Favorite Graphic Design Trends of 2021

Our Favorite Graphic Design Trends of 2021
Graphic design trends are taking what we’ve seen and done before to predict what we will see and do in the future. The idea is to use what we have now to create something different, but not too different. This year is starting off strong with different and unique trends.

Graphic design trends of 2021 are here, let’s check them out!

1. Monochrome & Duotone Design

Simple limited palette but makes an impact. Monochrome is the use of various tones of one color. Duotone is using various tints of two colors.

Monochrome Design
Duotone Design

2. 3D Design

The use of 3D objects with illustrations, photos, videos, etc. 3D design isn’t exactly new, but it’s been getting more and more popular; especially with more modern software capabilities.

3D Design

3. 3D Typography Design

Typography design in 2020 was very popular and different designers experimented with typography very creatively. This year is no different, designers are going to utilize tangible typography more than ever in 2021.

Our Favorite Graphic Design Trends of 2021

4. Cartoon Illustrations in Design

Cartoon illustrations have been on the trends list for years. They can be adapted into any design to meet any mood and convey any ethos the designer wants. The flexibility of cartoon illustrations alone is a massive tool for designers to continue to utilize in 2021.

Cartoon Illustrations in Design

5. Simple Geometric Shapes in Design

Last year, designers utilized a lot of abstract shapes in their design. This year, the simplistic geometric shapes are going to make a comeback. Their rigid, hard-edged geometric shapes can make simplistic designs more confident.

Simple Geometric Shapes in Design

Simple Geometric Shapes. Source: 13 Wives by Foreign Policy, http://foreignpolicy.design/

These graphic design trends will continue to evolve and change throughout the year. All we can do now is to continue the conversation and use these as an inspiration to grow as designers. 2021 is already turning out to be an interesting year for all creators. Now let’s start designing!


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