Graphic Design Trends 2022

Design Trends 2022

 

I’d argue that this year, the changing tide of design trends is more important than ever, designers have been working from their kitchen tables, laptops on the sofa and a new wave of design students without access to actual art colleges and the wealth of knowledge and access to tools that education otherwise offers for the last year or so. Now though, we’re finally – tentatively – emerging from that into a new horizon of design.

 

What I think these trends show is a rebuttal to the humdrum of safe design. Bright neon RGB colours and anti-design trends show us all using the tools at our disposal from home working. Drawing on the digital design revolution and the internet frontier that was the 90s as inspiration. Typographic art as a nod to the bauhaus culture that we forgot during the minimalist uprising. The same tired minimalist trend that we’re now finding ways to re-invigorate, using the risograph and lo-fi texture trend we’ve seen making a comeback.

 

Is the world still in the flux it has been for the last few years? Probably, but what seems solid is the comfort with which designers are taking back the reigns on the industry. Design and art are rekindling their passion for one another and the safe nostalgia of Covid design is in the past. Read on to hear our design trend predictions for 2022.

 

Big, bright colours.

 

The last few years have been about being cautiously tasteful, celebrating heritage, local heroes and brand story. Along with that saw designers adopting a trepidatious approach to anything that rocked the boat. But 2022 already feels new and different, with a changing of the old guard and new businesses, new brands, new products, new festivals all on the horizon I’ve already seen a bright explosion of colour being used as a celebration of untethered design is suddenly in the spotlight!

I’m expecting dazzling neons to have their time along with jarring yet vibrantly colourful illustrative styles in a sort of small-scale 90’s futurism revival. Pantone may have picked a colour of the year that gently teased a 2022 that looks a bit different (see our article on that here) but I’m expecting things to get brighter and brighter still! I personally can’t wait to use sugary orange colours on everything for the year! 

 

Alex Rogers, Studio Director.

 

 

Risograph design trend

 

Inspired by the rapid (and sometimes messy) printing process whereby colours are added 1 layer at a time under a rotating drum, this pseudo-riso style can give a wonderfully lo-fi quality to visuals. Vibrant, often fluorescent colours combined with texture and noise create lively and characterful outcomes.

Typically favoured by artists and illustrators, perfection is not the name of the game here. Elements like fading, misalignment and other happy accidents associated with archaic printing techniques are all part of the risograph charm. 

 

James Hunt, Creative Director. 

 

 

Anti-Design

 

Anti-design is similar to maximalism and brutalism. It is all about breaking conventional design principles and exploring visuals that some might find ugly or awkward.

 

It embraces asymmetry, clashing colours, bland or overly busy de- signs, and out-of-balance layouts. It might not be for everyone, but it definitely grabs attention.

 

Lennie Finch, Graphic Designer

 

Typography as Art

 

In the last year or so, I’ve seen designers pushing the legibility and boundaries of type design.

 

It’s become less of what the type says and more about what you can express through the shapes of the type. So, when you see the type on the page, you’re viewing an abstract art piece before reading the message.

 

I really like this because it makes an interesting composition and forces the viewer to decode the piece. It also goes against the rules of graphic design, which teaches us it should be legible/practical.

 

Dan West, Graphic Designer

 

 

References:

 

Risograph:

www.jotpaperco.com/christmas-shop/christmas-riso

www.foursandeights.co.uk/products/a3-din-risograph-print

 

Big & Bright:

www.designweek.co.uk/issues/31-january-6-february-2022/bbc-three-idents

eu.argusleader.com/story/news/business-journal/2021/12/08/spotify-wrapped-2021-former-brandon-south-dakota-resident-kiel-mutschelknaus-graphics/6419915001/

 

Anti-Design:

www.madewithover.com/trends-copy/anti-design

www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/125678645838469135/

 

Type As Art:

https://badbadbadbad.com/Posters

https://nguyengobber.com/shop

Jordan Pincombe

Jordan Pincombe is the Co-founder at White Label Studio.
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