6 illustration trends to watch in 2023

Beer label featuring illustration of man sat in front of a bookcase
(Image credit: Snow Beer/ShenZhen Lingyun Creative Packaging Design Co)

In a creative industry where trends rise and fall at lightning speed, it's often difficult to get a rounded view of what illustration clients are currently looking for. Yes, we're all surrounded by visual media, so it's likely you'll spot at least some of the latest trends without trying. But given how diverse and splintered our culture is becoming, and how much time we spend in our own echo chambers, it's also easy to miss some of the biggest trends entirely, or at least underestimate their importance.

To help you out, we've canvassed some leading voices in the creative community to get their take on what the biggest illustrations are right now. We also share some examples of these trends out in the wild, so you can see what they look like in practice.

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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.