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8 huge design trends for 2021 revealed

We're used to seeing annual design trend forecasts, but we're not used to them following the rollercoaster of a year that has been 2020. A brilliant new infographic has arrived to tell you what will be shaking up the design world in 2021 – and it seems the word of the year is, appropriately, chaos. 

From surrealism to clutter, via maximalism and, er, 'technodystopia', Coastal Creative says 2021 will be all about imposing and chaotic designs – you can say goodbye to harmony and legibility. Outsized typography is in (check out our best free fonts for inspiration), while harmonious colour combos are out. Next year is all about clashes.

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Get ready for colour clashes in 2021 (Image credit: Coastal Creative)

This is Coastal Creative's seventh annual investigation of emerging digital and graphic design trends, and once again the company has produced a striking infographic exploring its eight forecasted trends. Check out the graphic below, or head over to Coastal's website (opens in new tab) for a more detailed exploration. And don't forget to check out our best infographics for more inspiring examples. 

(Image credit: Coastal Creative)
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Daniel Piper
Senior News Editor

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).