5 hot illustration trends for 2021

Trends are tricky things to forecast. After all, back in 2019, precisely no one predicted the state the world would be in right now. So it's with a degree of trepidation that we even try to think about where illustration will be heading during 2021.

However, we believe that some trends have emerged in 2020 that are so powerful, they're very likely to continue influencing the profession over the next 12 months. Read on to find out what they are, and examples of the trend in action. And make sure you check out our list of colour trends for 2021, too.

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Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.