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The aesthetics of the past is in the present. Under the unavoidable impact of modern digital trends and technologies, it has experienced changes, acquired a somewhat different form and entered the digital age as a kind of innovation.

Graphic design trends usually reflect what people experienced in recent times. This year, they went through a lot. Naturally, graphic design has absorbed these changes and given birth to new styles or brought some old-school trends back to life. Here you can find an outlook of several trends in graphic design that appeared many years ago and resurrected today.

Mesmerizing Psych-Out

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Priests Show Flyer by Evan Wachowski
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Vertigo — Hitchcock by Mani Bharathi Ravi
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Hello World by Aslan Almukhambetov for Fireart Studio

Vaporwave Revival

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Adjustments by panoplied
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ReArt — Vaporwave by Alice Nanni
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3d hover interactions by Andy Selimov for Fireart Studio

Hello Again, Bauhaus

Bauhaus is a school of design, architecture and art that existed in Germany from 1919 to 1933. It was born as the reaction of designers to the industrialization of their design and artworks. At that time, they started creating controversial art that focused on self-expression and building things yourself, independently, out of the system. The school was closed to the demand of the Nazi regime.

Modern Bauhaus characterized by clear geometric compositions, dramatic color combinations, a bold palette, and the dominance of red, yellow, black and blue. The style has experienced some changes such as the incorporation of 3D, digital art and animation. These innovations have brought Bauhaus back to the digital future.

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Bauhaus100 posters by Attila Kanto
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Limited Sneakers 2.0 by Ephus
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101 years of Bauhaus | UI #002 by Dan C.

Playful Retro

This year, we also witness a blast from the past in the form of traditional retro in all its beautiful manifestations, such as a limited and muted color palette, hand-lettering, old-school fashion, obsolete technologies, seamless compositions, simplified illustrations, retro textures and so on. We may often see the use of imaginative landscapes from old-school games, cartoons and movies in graphic design.

Retro typography takes a special place under the sun in the digital age. While preserving a previous shape and color combinations, it has started “speaking” about things that refer to today’s social and economic problems and movements. Slogans and mottos like “black lives matter,” saturated with deep symbolism and context, are more often incorporated in contemporary digital art.

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Master of disaster by Magda for Fireart Studio
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Black Lives Matter by Roberlan Borges Paresqui
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Illustration by 🧙‍♂️Patryk Wojciechowicz for Fireart Studio

Wrap Up

The article was first published on Muzli


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