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Our 6 favourite design trends of 2022

Jul 8th 2022

We know a thing or two about design. When a new trend takes off it can be amazing… or a little too far left field. Here are our favourite design trends…

Bold Minimalism.

Minimalist design is beautiful, clean and really gives a ‘showcase’ feel to a website; however we were getting a little bored of the plain-ish theme.
Like Minimalism, the foundation of a simple layout is still the main pillar to Bold Minimalism – but white and black are now replaced by neon/brighter colour palettes and more icon styles.

Perfect for: Companies wanting a ‘high-end’ look, important content & showcase imagery.

Maximalism.

You guessed it, the exact opposite of our last favourite design trend. I think the best way to describe maximalism would be an ‘aesthetic mess’ (in the best way).

Think comic books, clashing colours and patterns and everything in between. Juxtaposing the generic design rule of ‘less is more’, with maximalism ‘more’ isn’t enough.
However, there is a very fine line between Maximalism and chaos, it takes a fine tuned eye to find a good balance of common design practices and breaking the rules.

Whilst this trend might not be for everyone, I think it’s something refreshingly different that stands out from the crowd.

Perfect for: Marketing companies, alternative estate agents & artists

Retro Design.

Vintage isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and why should it? The Retro trend takes the best part of past styles and translates them into modern designs.
With all the doom and gloom that’s going on nowadays, Retro Design is a great way to bring back a touch of nostalgia, whilst providing a funky and creative look.
Although it can be varied, the main attributes of Retro Design are neutral, flatter colour palettes, quirky fonts and bold patterns.

Perfect for: E-Commerce sites, blog sites & artists.

Neumorphism.

You’re probably wondering what the above mean and why they sound kind of weird, but to put it simply: -morphism means the state of being a shape, form, or structure

Neumorphism is a design trend that combines: multiple outer and inner shadows, subtle gradients and soft, blended edges. The outcome is a design that looks almost 3D.
Neumorphism components have a modern and ‘real’ look to them, almost as if you could physically touch parts of the design.

It’s the perfect breath of fresh air to the ‘flat’ design trend that has been hanging around the last few years. It’s also the solution to jarring/amateur looking bevelling & embossing that we’ve seen one too many times.
Subtle pops of colour make this trend look sleek, while also keeping a soft theme and design.

Perfect for: Tech companies, portal dashboards, music & health apps

Glassmorphism.

Glassmorphism is a design trend that incorporates background blur, shadows and transparency to create a blurred, glass effect that is usually used on cards that look like floating panels.

Microsoft and Apple were quick to jump on-board this design trend back in 2020. It’s no surprise they were fans of it! Glassmorphism is great at grabbing user interest and increasing engagement. Subtle gradients accompany this trend to modernise and enhance designs.

Perfect for: Tech companies, software platforms, cryptocurrency

A New Era of Typography.

It’s common practice to use sans serif fonts on websites. Why? Sans serif fonts are simple and easy to read, minimising readability issues. Furthermore, fonts tend to vary across different browsers/devices, so sans serif fonts are seen as the ‘safer option’.

The most popular sans serif fonts are: Roboto, Montserrat, Source Sans Pro, Lato & Open Sans. What this means is that a lot of websites use the same font, and whilst this isn’t a problem, it can all start to look very similar. Typography is a major key point of your brand identity, and sacrificing creativity often leads to a missed opportunity.

New Typography Trends are seeing a renaissance of serif, display and groovy fonts to complement the overall design and feeling of your website. Furthermore, a unique font makes your content stand out more, meaning it increases user engagement and makes your copy more interesting.

Whilst it’s critical to prioritise readability in Typography, why follow the crowd when you can be a typographical tiger?
So, let us know which design trend was your favourite and if you’ve seen something you like for a new project, contact us today, we’re always ready to help!
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