10 Graphic Design Trends For 2022 (and Beyond)

10 Graphic Design Trends for 2022 (and Beyond)

by Evelyn Addison — 2 years ago in Development 3 min. read

Graphic artists are incredibly important to the design landscape. Good graphics play a crucial role in our daily lives, so much so that their influence goes unnoticed. Trends come and go, but a quality design will convey a powerful message, provide useful information, and sway audiences.

Top 10 2022 Graphic Design Trends That Could Stick Around

The right design can establish a great first impression with your customers and solidify your brand identity. Here are X 2022 graphic design trends that aren’t going away anytime soon.

1. Creating Your Own Graphics for Free

You used to have to hire a professional to create stunning, unique graphics. Now, you can use free image design creators to make something that truly stands out. Apps like BeFunky give you sophisticated design tools you can use to make banners, posters, infographics, and more.

2. Twisted and/or Offbeat Typography

Most marketers prefer legible text when it comes to typography, but graphic artists love to play with larger and smaller fonts. While some text-based designs are difficult to read, the majority of these pieces include strategically placed words, slanted capital letters, and warped phrases.

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3. Combining 2D and 3D Design Elements

Modern artists are taking inspiration from movies like Space Jam and combining 2D graphics with 3D designs. It’s common to see designs that combine both elements to form one picture. For example, Sally Yang has a piece that features 3D plants and flower pots sitting on 2D tables.

4. The 90s, Y2K, and Early 2000s Nostalgia

Nostalgia is a powerful tool, but until recently, it was only the 90s kids that remembered that coveted era of Jnco jeans, Grunge, and see-through electronics. Thanks to graphic artists, other generations can enjoy simple emojis, geometric shapes, sketchy lines, and the primitive internet.

5. Ant-Designers are More Popular

Color gradients and flowing lines are among the many trends that changed graphic design, but the anti-designer does away with all that. From color clashes to busy patterns, anti-designs are cropping up all over. This is good news for anyone who’s looking to break aesthetic conventions.

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6. Bright Colored (“Candy Colored”) Art

Bright designs typically show up after a harsh era in history. Directly before the pandemic, dark shades and minimalism took center stage. In 2022, maximalism takes hold. Ads are being made to grab your attention, but they also remind us of better times, cotton candy, and princesses.

7. High School/2000-Era Microsoft Word Art

Graphic arts are important for business, but who would have thought that designers would look to high school Word art for new ideas? While some call this design psychedelic and childlike, I like to think that this bubble-letter trend was pulled from 2000-Era essays typed up on Word 97.

8. Japanese Ukiyo-e Style Vector Design

Japanese ukiyo-e (“pictures of floating worlds”) is an art style that was popular from the 17th to 19th centuries. It often depicted women, sumo wrestlers, and kabuki actors. Vector artists have used elements of this style by adding flat colors and bold outlines to their own creations.

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9. Parametric (Geometric) Patterns and Shapes

Parametric patterns are geometric shapes that change, morph, or warp depending on where you’re standing. These shapes work well on paper because the viewer can bend and turn the page. On a webpage, they often break up solid colors or text and serve as statement images.

10. Holographic, Gradient, and High-Gloss Designs

Holographic design is another 90s staple and was frequently used on clothing. At the time, it was used to give off a futuristic appearance. In 2022, gradient and high-gloss holographic images can represent movement and a techy feel. This style works well on gifs, apps, and animation.

Evelyn Addison

Evelyn is an assistant editor for The Next Tech and Just finished her master’s in modern East Asian Studies and plans to continue with her old hobby that is computer science.

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