5 Graphic Design Trends To Keep An Eye On In 2024 (Plus A Bonus!)

Updated: April 24, 2024
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Keeping up with the latest graphic design trends is essential as we look back at 2022 and ahead to the possibilities of 2024.

From TikTok’s consolidation as one of the main social media platforms to the Musk/Twitter soap opera, Metaverse, AI Art surge and the World Cup, 2022 was a very busy year, with a lot happening in the creative and marketing areas. 

As the year comes close to an end, 2024 knocks at our door feeding our imagination with trends and possibilities. It’s that time of the year when designers turn their attention to the next Pantone Color of the Year (which is beautiful, by the way) and try to figure out what will be part of their inspirational routine in the next year.

So, with an adventurous and exploratory spirit, we highlighted 5 Graphic Design Trends from sources around the web to keep an eye on in 2024 and, perhaps, they will inspire you. Let’s get started, shall we?

    1- Motion Graphics and Animations

    Over the last few years video content are only increased in popularity, especially because of social media platforms like TikTok, Instagram and YouTube.

    We can expect more and more brands to create animated content and increase engagement through movement and interactivity, replacing static posts and banners for reels and other short-form video content.

    2- The Blob (or bold abstract shapes)

    The amorphic puddle-like shapes, called “Blob” by Philip VanDusen, are becoming a trend as an important visual element inside a layout. It can be used as a color field to compose and harmonize the layout or to mask a photo or illustration in an interesting way.

    Curious fact: here at Rock Content these elements have been part of our identity and can be seen very often in our posts and visual assets.

    3- 3D Elements

    From 3D typography to product mockups, logos, characters, brand mascots and even virtual environments, 3D assets pop with the eye and are excellent at capturing attention and provide a more immersive experience for the audience.

    3D software like Blender, Cinema 4D, 3D Max and Maya have been evolving so much lately that it’s allowing many designers to take their first steps into the 3D world with less effort and high quality renders. 

    Microsoft 3D Elements

    4- AI Art

    Ok, this is by far the most polemic topic. 2022 was the year when the world watched Artificial Intelligence begin to generate images from a few words in a matter of seconds.

    Midjourney, DALL-E 2 and later on Lensa have shaken up the creative community in the past few months. A mix of excitement and fear took over and while part of the people started to experiment with generating every sort of image, some artists began to bring ethical implications to the discussion.

    Thing is: AI Art software uses huge image databases to learn how to compile new images from prompts. Many of these database images come from artworks made by real human artists and their use is not previously authorized by them.

    This is causing a major reaction from artists against AI Art as they have their work allegedly exploited by paid AI software and see no compensation for it. Artstation, one of the most prominent digital art platforms, has seen artists mobilizing and asking that AI Art be banned from it.

    Besides the ethical polemic and the fear of what will happen to the Art and Illustration industry in the near future, it is undeniable that AI Art is a huge trend and is making the image generation process much faster and accessible to non-artists in a way that has never been seen before. There are many possibilities to explore, but a lot of discussion to happen yet on how to use AI in the proper and ethical way. So let’s keep an eye on this topic in 2024 and see how it evolves.

    5- Inclusive Visuals

    Designing for everybody is not only a trend but a necessity. And it should be present not only in your visuals but also be part of your strategy and planning as well.

    In 2024 we can expect brands to increase diversity, inclusion and accessibility in their campaigns and use illustrations, icons and animations with a strong appeal towards this direction.

    Launched in July 2022, the 6th edition of Rock Content Magazine is a good example of how to address the subject not only with visuals but also with content.

    Bonus Trend: Infographics

    An extra trend we’d like to show regards infographics. The team from Venngage has put together some specific trends for infographics in 2024. According to the list, we can expect infographics with bright color palettes and make the most of animated elements.

    A vintage vibe, that was so present in 2022, is also likely to occur again next year. Another tendency that may continue to increase is the use of personalized data infographics, like the ones we can see on Spotify Wrapped.

    Gradients are something that infographics have been using for a while and this should continue, but the creative use of lineworks may be on the rise through disruptive timelines and diagrams.

    At last, an interesting trend is transforming data charts and diagrams into pieces of art, giving them an innovative, colorful and fresh approach. 

    Keep Exploring

    Those were the 5 (plus a bonus) trends we wanted to highlight for the next year. There are a few more we would like to mention, like Virtual Reality, Brutalism, Y2K and Custom Types, but in the end, the truth for every creative pro is quite simple: the more you explore, the more you get inspired.

    So explore, research, talk to people and experiment. I’m sure you’ll bring astonishing designs to life in 2024!

    Do you want to continue to be updated with Marketing best practices? I strongly suggest that you subscribe to The Beat, Rock Content’s interactive newsletter. There, you’ll find all the trends that matter in the Digital Marketing landscape. See you there!


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