The Graphic Trends of 2022 open the floodgates bringing a mix of the unmixable, nostalgia, movement, and open-mindedness. In the chaos of confusing times and the rise of the new counterculture, graphic designers respond accordingly, bringing to the table twisting, melting distorted aesthetics, beautiful holographic visuals, the perfect imperfections of old-school Riso print, and lots of creativity.
3D evolves from hyper-realistic visuals to highly-creative mashups with 2D and paper cutout elements. This new partnership between 2D and 3D brings the best of the two worlds.
Examples by: GRAMM, Kevin Tang for Discord, Gus Maia,
FONTS WITH A TWIST
Or more like fonts with hidden messages. Typography that breaks the order: one single letter might be upside down, bigger or smaller, in a different font, or completely missing. The result is a pattern, that reveals a different message.
GLASS AND CRYSTALS
Last years’ realistic gold visuals shifted in favor of glass and crystal with incredible realism in 3D. This trend also includes transparent frosted glass backgrounds for UI elements.
Examples by: Drake Smith, Stu Ballinger, J.King Chou, Wes Cockx,
Vibrant candy color schemes bring positivity and grab the viewer’s attention with bold and striking graphic design creations. They translate into multiple graphic design fields such as web design, animation, illustration, and typography.
RISO PRINT STYLE
The decades-old risograph art makes a comeback both physically and digitally as an aesthetic. Artists and graphic designers find clever ways to recreate the Riso Print effect digitally and bring vibrant colors and perfect imperfections to their artwork.
A little bit different from the damaged and distorted aesthetics of 2022’s Graphic Design Trends, Art Deco brings organized, clean, and strong lines. This trend is more of a philosophy, dated in the early 20th century as a direct response to the old ways. It’s all about innovation, modernism, and looking forward with dignity and resilience.
The traditional cutout is characterized by each design being cut from a single sheet of paper rather than a collage. Of course, when it comes to digital translation, graphic designers mimic both techniques to create stunning 3D paper effects for branding, package design, books, wishing cards, animation, and web design.
Examples by: HICACTUS STUDIO, Maud Vantours, Mako, Tommy Perez,
Perfectly synced with all the other graphic design trends 2022, 3D characters invade apps, websites, and animation like there’s no tomorrow.
So far, holo was a huge trend in stationery, product design, and fashion (especially when it comes to shoes and purses), but now the beautiful light diffraction climbed to web design, logos and animation as well.
Examples by: anton mishin, Sunal Sood, Febber, Matjaz Valentar,
This trend originally appeared in the 1960s and became immortal ever since. Of course, as something that rises with each new counterculture, the visual acid trips of mind-bending colors are back to reflect the chaos and mirror the carefree spirit of the 60s in every graphic design field.
The graphic design trends of 2022 are meant to raise the game and resonate with our strive to break what holds us down. |The upcoming year is definitely something to look forward to.
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