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Wellness done differently - optimistic, bright and with a tinge of 60s; this is a fast growing trend that you will be seeing populate your feeds soon. The world in the post Covid era is looking for cheerfulness, freshness and the ability to learn from our mistakes - with the emphasis on mindfulness and intense self care.


Keeping all this in mind, I have developed a trends for 2022/23 called Self Core. This is self care taken seriously, but made light and airy, reminiscing of a time when we were younger and all we needed to care about was how to spend the day having fun.

Brush strokes are artsy, uneven and rough; colour palettes are delightfully retro and evocative of 60s packaging and interiors. Themes are cheerful, with oodles of fruits, squiggles and fun florals.



Emphasis sits on self care, so this trend fits best brands that deal with skincare, yoga, life coaching and similar - it can however, offer a chance to expand a brand into unknown waters; give a tired look a genuine and human feel.


I have developed a number of products under this style - perfect for upgrading your brand and packaging into this new fresh and juicy trend. See below!







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If you're looking for some 2022 colour trends to energise your new designs, you're in the right place!

The years behind us have been a whirlwind of things we could have not expected or predicted in any way - the pandemic, lockdowns, social isolation and more. Life has changed irrevocably and everything seems a bit glum - which is exactly why you are seeing incredibly bright, saturated colours popping up in design lately. Doesn't make sense? One word: escapism.


After being shut off from the world, it is only natural we are all trying to escape into a brighter, better world. You've seen this happen with the stratospheric increase of metaverses - places where we can hang out virtually, without leaving home. We can party without feeling tired; we can socialise without overspending; we can be creative without experience.


With all this want & need for an alternative universe also comes a tug towards nostalgia; the older generation looking back and reminiscing, whilst the younger generation daydreams and idolises anything old.


I have collated all this and more into a new trend that I am calling The Rave Identity. This trend is looking to extend into 2023 and it is basically everything we have seen happening in the metaverse, extending into our world; neo gothic symbols, 3D everything, rave colours, Tumblresque and y2k aesthetic.

In this tune, I am also building products which complement this style, but adding my touch to it: a bit of fun and a bit of whimsy. See below!











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If you haven't banked in on the retro revival trend just yet, you're missing out big time.

2021 is set to become a smorgasbord of mid century retro - anything from 40s to the noughties goes. I always hoard little retro color palettes, saving them reference photos or happy mistakes whilst designing. I've compiled for you below some of my absolute favorites (and some of my products to give you an example), so you can apply them to your projects and get that retro vibe going.


P.s. if you're looking for more general 2021 color trends, see my other post on this here!


Chill Pill

Your typical retro colorway will include some oranges, off browns and a lilac. This is a quintessential colourway for all things mid century, usually derived from furnishing and wallpaper colors from the late 60s. I like to dim them down just a little bit as you can see in the colourway, to give it a slight tinge of calm and chill. Use this for cool wrapping paper or late summer graphics!

70 Kitchen

You know those cringe looking kitchens from the 60s and 70s that look like a doll house? Those, my friend, are the best reference for retro color palettes. This one is from a picture I've since lost, but I've kept and used the colourway so many times. These would look great on velvet fabric or even some cool greeting cards.

Mod Con

The all time favorite for anyone who loves retro is 60s Mod. Usually a happy go lucky style, it consists of clean, minimal, but still bright colors. Perfect for stationery, wrapping paper and packaging prints.

English Cottage

This is definitely a result of two massive trends right now - that is #cottagecore and everyone watching Bridgerton. A darker take on the usual cottagecore, this is a more sophisticated take on old English estate inspiration. Think sophisticated florals on coloured cotton paper, a light ribbon and curly, prim fonts.

Sky High

One of my absolute favorites is this airy, chill, muddy pastel colourway. Inspired by 70s marble tiles, it will be a welcome breath of fresh air in all the typical retro oranges and greens. If you design fabric, this is perfect for airy silks - or for packaging designers, think see through paper and milky plastic.

Bubblegum

You can't talk about retro without featuring the colourful 90s. This one is more reminiscent of the late 80s, what with its light hues and happy tones. Perfect if you want to try your hand at the famous Memphis style graphics.

Psychopop

And at the other end of the 90s is this punchy set - almost reaching the noughties, it's much more saturated and reminiscent of the first screens and websites we remember seeing (for those of us who were, errr, alive in the 90s). Bright parkas and shiny scrunchies, this is the colorway of the millenials.

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