From neon to glitch effects, design trends in 2019 have evolved and are setting the path to creativity for next year. Now that we’ve surfed this year’s trend wave, here are the top design trends we’re set to see in the coming year. Also, scroll down below to grab our free ebook on copyright image usage.

Here Are The 2020 Design Trends To Look Out For

Bold Colors

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Even with two or three colors in a palette, bold tones are set to stay in 2020, just like the previous years. This color trend isn’t about to fade out anytime soon. Expect to see these vibrant hues in photography and other visual designs.

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Gradients

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Bold colored gradients are making a bigger comeback in 2020’s design trends. From app, website UI to simple backgrounds in new and upcoming gadgets, gradients will take on new, evolved forms in design.

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3D

A fresh focus on 3D, especially in game design, will be magnified in 2020. Some examples are high-detail games like Death Stranding, Witcher 3 and the one we’re all waiting for, Cyberpunk 2077.

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What about mixing 2D and 3D? It used to be one or the other, but 2020 sees a smooth blend of these two ever-evolving moguls in the design sphere. 3D comes into focus amid a sea of 2D background elements to bring forth designs with character. Look for these blends in graphic and motion design.

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Liquid Elements

This versatile design element is here to stay now that it’s evolved to be more modern from its older heydays. They now merge with static photos such as portraits where models stand stoic as liquid elements ooze or drip or move around them, animated.

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Motion Design and Micro Animations

While they were steadily growing in 2019, gear up to see more of them in the next year. From liquid designs in motion to 3D elements as a major element, keep a lookout for them in 2020.

Custom Illustrations

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The realm of illustrated art is slowly shifting in 2020. Made to fit, personalized, and tailored to your business or app project. These illustrations can be guides that tell a story for your brand’s case studies or explaining your website navigation. Go custom with your illustrations to provide a more human vibe for your viewers. Cartoon interpretations of real life are a trendy way to add some creativity into design formats.

Neon Illustrations

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Thought that neon design elements reached their peak in 2019? Look out for them in 2020 as more retro shows like Stranger Things and Riverdale stand in the spotlight.

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Retro Illustrations

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Timeless vintage art and illustration elements are in, and retro can help you stand out when it comes to certain aspects of design. Also, textured illustrations are in! When you have a textured overlay on your artwork, you’ll find it offers you much more substance than plain 2D. Trust in texture to help you boost your retro artwork and give depth to your illustrations.

Mixed Patterns

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Thinking of mixing design elements and creating a harmonious blend with patterns and illustrations? Yes! This is a style that has been trending this year, and will carry on to the next. Think carefully curated social media pages (Instagram, we’re looking at you!) that have neat, well-made templates. Inspired yet?

Vivid Packaging Design

A product’s external design will be the first element a consumer eyeballs. The brand should be able to provide essential hints as to what the product is about – whether in illustrations or patterns. Custom illustrations for a brand’s products packaging are also trending. Brands are increasingly looking for personalized identity. This is one of the ways to stand out from the sea of other brands.

Eye-catching Typography

2020 design trends call for big type and bright colors that make for brave design. Think giant posters with text that dominates the space. This design trend is a must-have when going minimal with a message. Big, bright, and bold typography is a rising trend that will see fresh angles come 2020.

2020 Tech Trends To Look Out For

Merging creativity with technology has always been the end goal for creators. In 2020, we look forward to plenty of different creative elements behind the tech wearables we have, to the digital experiences we are immersed in.

Mobile and 5G

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Mobile has been huge in digital creative design and tech trends for some time already and with the advent of 5G, mobile power will continue to expand. Expect advertising to get shorter as people tend to consume information quickly and are unlikely to stick around for your classic one-minute advertisement.

AI and AR

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Extended reality has been a developing trend for a while now, and will be even more prevalent come 2020. By simply downloading an app to a mobile device, children are able to learn and discover from AR-connected picture books. Shifts in digital consumer behavior have pushed brands to blend AI with AR to better connect with customers. Perhaps 2020 will be the year your business adopts AR, too.

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Smart Assistants

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Chatbots used to be standard additions to many websites or brands, but back then the technology was still underdeveloped. Chatbots often greeted us with standard replies and misunderstood customer requests. With the growth of AI, we’ll see more automated responses that have a human vibe.

AI-provided answers that appear more human-like and prioritize easing a customer’s worries will soon be the norm in 2020. Especially in emergency scenarios such as resolving issues that involve purchases or payments, these virtual assistants will be in high demand. The rise of chatbots will smooth out client-based questions brands have, like predicting customer behavior, customer locations and automating business flows.

Voice UI Design

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Look to your very own handheld device for the upward growth of voice assistants. Sensor technology such as Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant will continue learning and improving throughout 2020. Consumers are predicted to place more trust in daily voice interactions with their devices. Getting slightly tougher tasks done, such as making a purchase online will be tested out when this technology further evolves next year. And… that sums up our predictions for 2020 design trends!

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