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Check out these 6 surprising creative trends for 2022

A promotional image for the Shutterstock Creative trends predictions
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Revolving around the categories of time and space, Shutterstock has revealed what six creative trends it believes will be popular in 2022, with weird and wonderful titles such as Fantastic (14th Century). The Marcarbe, Way Out West, On The Road Again, Cyberpunk is Not Dead, and What's Cooking. 

While some trends we expected to see, such as Cyberpunk (with the recent revival of The Matrix and the birth of the metaverse), there are some we didn't expect (did you know dinosaurs were so popular in Chile?). You can dive deep into each of the predictions in an interactive universe with your very own avatar on the Shutterstock website. If you're looking to get creative but aren't sure where to start, then why not check out our roundup of the best digital art software?

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One of Shutterstock's prediction graphic

Scroll through to have a look at the trends (Image credit: Shutterstock)
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We expected to see a cyber-realted trend in the mix (Image credit: Shutterstock)
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We like this aesthetic very much (Image credit: Shutterstock)
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Who knew cowboys would be so popular in 2022? (Image credit: Shutterstock)
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We're all for a little bit of spooking (Image credit: Shutterstock)
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Designs good enough to eat (Image credit: Shutterstock)

This is our favourite predictions page we've seen for a while (sorry, Adobe) as it's jam-packed with information and has an incredibly interactive design. You and your adorable 8-bit style avatar can explore examples of each trend, as well as a number of percentages and stats about what is trending. 

Shutterstock has even included localised trends (see below), so if you're a creative in Japan, Brazil, UK, or even Egypt you can check what's popular in your area and create accordingly. It truly is the one-stop shop for creatives all over the world to get inspired and find out what trends to hop on.

The Shutterstock global trends graphic

You can check out which trend is popular in your country (Image credit: Shutterstock)

The one thing that keeps cropping up in this years predictions is the elusive metaverse, so it came as no surprise when we saw the Cyberpunk trend sitting in Shutterstock's list. However, we didn't expect to see the wild west or the 14th century making a comeback any time soon, but we're excited to see what these will look like in this day and age - bring on the period dramas. 

Only time will tell whether Shutterstock's predictions were accurate or not, but in the meantime, why not treat yourself to some of the best graphic design software, and get ahead of the trends while you still can. 

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Amelia Bamsey
Amelia Bamsey

Amelia Bamsey is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After accomplishing a first class honours degree in Popular Music and a Master’s in Song Writing, Amelia began designing posters, logos, album covers and websites for musicians. She now enjoys covering many design topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, gaming and illustration. In her free time, she relishes in the likes of art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites), photography and literature. Amelia prides herself on her unorthodox creative methods, her Animal Crossing island and her extensive music library.