Retrofuturism and 5 Other Trending Graphic Styles in 2021

Retrofuturism is a phrase that refers to how expectations of designs from the future were portrayed in an earlier era and how some modern-day aesthetics combine fashion design and futuristic technology. Retrofuturism is a truly intricate design trend that has numerous layers of interesting panache to display. The only limit for this type of style is the imagination of the graphic designer.

Usually, when we talk about retrofuturism, we are referring to graphic design or pop culture design from before the 1960s. This era was full of creative projections of what the future may hold with regard to technological advancements. Science fiction is one example of retrofuturism that became popular in the 1940s.

2021 will likely be a big year for the retrofuturism design style. We believe that many graphic designers will use retrofuturism to try and transport us to a positive future. However, retrofuturism is not the only graphic style trending in 2021. Here is a list of some of the other popular graphic styles being used this year:

3D Design

Although the 3D design trend may not be new, it keeps getting cooler and cooler. This trend is one that has made the most of more modern technological advancements and software capabilities.

3D design can be used to make some visually stunning, luxurious designs. Most of these designs are used to engage or interest a customer, hold their attention, and affect their bounce rate. 3D Designs are amazing designs with a practical edge.

One brilliant example of 3D design being used is in online slot games. Thanks to the extremely competitive online casino industry, software developers and graphic designers push the boat out with their designs. Many of these games are now so far separated from the single line fruits and bars idea of the past that it is hard to put these games in the same category.

Optimism and Reassurance

If you are yearning for optimistic, reassuring visual experiences, then you are not alone. And it looks like you are going to get your wish in 2021. In fact, one of the biggest designs for 2021 reflects a common desire for more familiar, brighter, comfortable days.

Abstract Psychedelia

Psychedelia has its origins in the art and music scene of the 60s. It is linked with creative experiments and hallucinogens under the backdrop of social turmoil.

In 2021, graphic designers will be reviving abstract psychedelia through the extreme use of colour and intricate abstractions. Abstract psychedelia designs take a life of their own, both in their complexity and their explosive arrangements, to the point where no two viewings will ever feel quite the same.

Authentic Representation

One example of authentic representation being used in graphic design is the Black Lives Matter movement. This movement signifies an unprecedented turning point of global protest. We hope that this is only the start or a re-assessment of systemic prejudice and that its effect will go on to flow through industries in 2021, including graphic design.

Elements of Nature

Most of us have spent the last year cooped up inside our homes. So, it is no revelation that the outside world will be making its way inside 2021’s graphic designs. Whether it is in the form of the earth tone colour schemes of breathtaking landscapes or leafy patterns, graphic design is going green.

Design styles have changed a lot over the years. In fact, one of the best things about graphic design trends is that there is always an opportunity for change and progression. And given the past year that we have had, the design trends of 2021 may prove to be the best yet. While previous trends were led by the promise of a new decade, 2021’s graphic design trends are putting individuals first.

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