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Away we do with minimalism, washed out colour palettes and the depressive vibes of the past few years - enter positivity, maximalism and absurdity!


One of the new trends I have developed for 2022/23 is called Squiggle Diggle. Delightfully colourful and entirely over the top, it serves as a bridge between the uber trendy retro postmodern look and the newly glorified NFT world.

This is all about the retro dimension done differently; like an escape into a retro game simulation, whilst simultaneously dropping in psychedelic bits and bobs to really boggle the mind.


Think 3D, but not the super high def CGI look - more like retro gaming, 3D pixels and funny proportions. Evoking the postmodern vibes of the 70s, there is also a healthy dose of early tech influence, mixed with vaporwave of the 80s. Basically a smorgasbord of all things retro - but in a new, fresh look.


When working on postmodern inspired projects, make sure to add in a good chunk of neon colours to really bring out the maximalist look and stretch your artwork across the entire artboard, product or what have you - remember, maximalism is all about flaunting it, not hiding.


Pair it all with 90s serif fonts or more fun ones (think Bubble Toy by Ana Yvy) and oversize it as much as possible. Don't forget to also add a healthy dose of retro grain, because who want a boring, clean render?


I have developed a number of products under this style - perfect for upgrading your brand and packaging into this new, fresh trend. You can also save a good chunk of $$$ and get the Postmodern Library Bundle; over 2,000 design assets at a 80% off bundle - commercial license at $79 instead of $399! See below:









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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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