Inspiration

Gen Z – digital natives embodied as unique snowflakes?

Meet Gen Z – the upcoming generation! Following the game-changing Millennials, Gen Z is a generation that is becoming increasingly important when it comes to consumer behaviour, marketing, and communication. At Adentity, we have looked into this generation, the most diverse ever,  to outline some of its characteristics. So, let’s get to know them better.

BORN AS DIGITAL WIZARDS
Generation Z, or the ”Zoomers,” was born between 1995(7) and 2012. They are the first generation to have grown up in a completely digital world, which has shaped them in many ways. For example, you have their attention for the whole 8 seconds, and they usually juggle five devices simultaneously. No doubt, they are more connected and tech-savvy than any previous generation.

POSITIVE SCEPTICS
This generation, together with Millennials, has sometimes gotten the epithet “snowflake generation”, derived from the notion of them being seen as somewhat fragile and easily offended, but with a feeling that there is no one else like you.

They are the children of Generation X and are, to some extent, shaped by the same volatile societal environment. Gen X had to deal with the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the oil crisis, Watergate, and stock exchange crashes. Gen Z was formed by the financial crisis, a pandemic that closed everything worldwide, the climate crisis, and being part of a new, somewhat unknown digital era. This has created the same scepticism, with a positive touch, as their parents.

With a combination of dynamic visuals, vibrant colours, and an upbeat soundtrack the video is specifically customized to align with Gen Z preferences, making the video both visually and audibly appealing. And with the 8 second focus in fresh memory at least they will see half of it before they turn to another media.

HOME-LOVING HEALTH PROMOTERS WITH MONEY CONCERNS
Gen Z values education very highly and prefers gaming and being at home with family and close friends before partying. Health and training are essential, and they are careful with money and sceptical of any loan, with a lessened need for owning things. They value diversity highly, need clear goals, and know what to expect before entering any commitment, be it a new job, a trust assignment, or an activity. Gen Z are individuals that are including with a focus on ethical and moral values as well as a strong feeling for safety and control. This also conveys a deeper interest in research and being source-critical.

INFLUENCERS AND HAPPENINGS
As consumers, they trust influencers in everything, from health coaching and make-up tips to what skincare brand to buy (or not to buy) and restaurant to visit. Therefore, marketing to this generation must be genuine, transparent, and authentic to entice them to purchase. They like quality and unique products and prefer to shop in brick-and-mortar stores with fun happenings rather than online. And although they care about the planet and products being ethically produced, they still have a love for fast fashion.

SHAPING THE FUTURE
So, are Gen Z digital natives embodied as unique snowflakes? Digital – definitely; snowflakes – more questionable. Gen Z is shaping up to be an adaptable generation that spends time with their family and close friends, is careful with money, includes everyone, and has strong ethical and moral values, especially when it comes to marketing and consumption. They take nothing for granted and impose a sceptical yet positive view of their own future. A generation that will shape the world of tomorrow.

Kaleidoscope of visual trends

Welcome to another colourful year! As we approach the blossoming spring, let’s take a peek at the vibrant trends shaping today’s graphical world. From pixel-perfect creations to scrapbooking nostalgia and a kaleidoscope of colours.

SCRAPBOOKING SENSATION
Remember creating colourful and textured spreads full of handwritten notes and magazine cutouts? Well, those days of scrapbooking are back! Scrapbooking is taking us back to the golden days of the early 2000s when we listened to the latest hits on our MP3s and wore velour tracksuits as a fashion statement. Brands are drawing inspiration from the mosaic nature of scrapbooking to create eye-catching marketing material. Kiehls, a skincare brand, took that inspiration when they redesigned their packaging.

Credits: Spotify, Kiehls, Fifa Women’s cup

PIXEL PERFECTION
Who would have guessed that the tiny squares could steal the spotlight again? Pixel design is making a comeback, but now in a more expanded and chunkier version. Pixel design uses only coloured pixels as building blocks to collectively form images. The pixels have not only taken the front row in graphic design but fashion houses like Louis Vuitton are also using them to create statement pieces that decorate the runway, blending retro vibes with modern flair.

Credits: John Dias & Louis vuitton

COLOUR CARNIVAL
It would not be the year 2024 without talking about colours. Kermit Green, Barbie Pink, and Pantone’s colour of the year 2024, Peach Fuzz, is painting the town and uplifting our everyday lives. Whether it is web design, interior or clothing, colours are taking their rightful place.

Credits: Adoore, Studio Klin, Hay design, Norrgavel

AI’s inspirational spark

Lighting the path of inspiration

The integration of AI into marketing strategies has sparked a surge of creative inspiration. Tons of cool ideas are popping up, changing how we do marketing in the digital world. Now, AI is deciding the next flavour of your soda and the new label of your favourite product. Continue reading to discover some of today’s most unique AI marketing campaigns.

The excitement of tomorrow

AI is just as exciting and interesting to companies as it is to consumers. There is a joint enthusiasm about creating a buzz around these brands who use AI to come up with cool new marketing material. People are excited to see how AI can change their daily lives, eagerly anticipating the next wave of innovation that AI will bring.

Credits: Coca-cola and Ads of the world

Coca-Cola took people’s vision of the future and crafted an AI-generated flavour. Intrigued, we sampled it at the office, revealing a genuinely futuristic taste.

Credits: Ads of the world

The latest trend involves feeding AI prompts that it generates into images. Heinz took this trend to the next level, providing AI with a single prompt: ”ketchup.” To their astonishment, every bottle produced exhibited a striking resemblance to the iconic Heinz bottle.

Credits: LinkedIn, Dezeen, and BMW

We are all eagerly looking forward to exploring the future possibilities and contributions that AI may offer. What are your thoughts on what AI might bring next?

Credits: Hyundai and Resumé (Sweden rock festival)

A day of Danish delights and artistic discoveries

En dejlig dag for the Adentity team kick-off

The Adentity team embarked on a kick-off journey to Copenhagen, and we knew we were in for a treat when the beaming sun rose for a late summer visit. The day was filled with culinary delights, artistic inspiration, and the pulse of a vibrant city. Our agenda was simple yet indulgent: savouring the finest Danish cuisine, exploring the captivating world of art at a renowned museum, and keeping a watchful eye on the latest trends that Copenhagen had to offer.

Morning glory in Copenhagen

A good Danish pastry for breakfast at Torvehallerne in the heart of Copenhagen set the right tone for the rest of our day. On our way to the museum, we walked through the beautiful Botanical Garden. There is a large lake in the middle of the garden, where we stopped and took some photos of the magnificent palm house, which reflected beautifully on the lake.

Baroque – Out of Darkness

For the first time in over 100 years, the National Gallery of Denmark has retrieved and restored some of the Baroque’s most distinguished art pieces. In the art world, the term ¨Baroque¨ has sometimes been used disrespectfully, but our visit to the SMK to experience the Baroque – ”Out of Darkness” exhibition completely shattered any misconceptions. The collection was a masterpiece, finely orchestrated with accompanying music that heightened the overall sensory experience. The museum displayed an impressive selection level and featured various outstanding Baroque artists.

Craftmanship and hidden gems

While wandering the streets of Copenhagen, we stumbled upon a beautiful store where they hand-crafted their own glass sculptures and other items. To see more of their beautiful pieces, you can visit their website here.

Rundetårn – great views over the city

The last stop of this memorable trip to Copenhagen was completed at the top of Rundetårn, offering a panoramic view of the vibrant city. From this point, we reflected on the day´s experiences, looking forward to upcoming projects and the comforting arrival of autumn.

Thank you for this time, Copenhagen, vi ses!

Future digital trends – Metaverse, VR, AI & 3D elements

Get your head in the game – literally! Digital techniques are continuously evolving and in the near future, you should keep an extra eye on these 4 trends that we believe will be used more in everyday use. Metaverse, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and 3D are terms we get more familiar with as the digital universe evolves. The next step seems to be the buzzing Metaverse, where you might be able to explore a whole new virtual reality – in the comfort of your own home.

What do you think of the idea of a Metaverse? Adentity is in for the journey and although we are unsure if it will become a reality in the near future, we are excited to follow the updates.

Metaverse – A new internet universe

Imagine having a whole new platform and meeting place where the possibilities to market brands are enormous. Imagine moving in-person meetings and zoom meetings to a 3D virtual reality space with personalized avatars – a digital version of yourself! This is what world-leading companies such as Google and Microsoft keep investing in, a new internet universe – Metaverse.

Credits: Yukun Zhou – Metaverse shopping center

In 2023, VR will advance to a new level. With the launching of VR headsets, the accessibility to the Metaverse will increase. VR headsets will open a new door to Metaverse where marketing will have a new impact on brand and customer experience. To mention a few, UX design, brand experience and the way people experience information will adapt to this virtual universe.

AI – a threat to designers or a useful tool for creation?

Artificial Intelligence is everywhere now, in all kinds of markets. We see it being used in the form of chatbots, copy development and even within blood analyzing purposes. With this fast-growing use of AI, we are starting to see it within graphic design as well. AI can create interpretations of whatever you like using keywords and algorithms and analyze thousands of images to create new ones. Some creators may fear that AI will take over their profession and make designers obsolete in the future. However, we predict that designers never will go out of style and that soul and heart are necessary for the creation process. Instead, look at AI as a tool for concept creation, brainstorming and idea generation.

Credits: Jeff Han – Mid journey Ai collection

The possibilities of what AI can create within image sketches are endless, the only thing standing in the way is your own imagination. Brand collaboration is another example of how AI can be used. In this case, a creator took this tool to the next level, developing sketches for a fictional collaboration between IKEA and Patagonia only by using keywords in an AI image program. By analyzing the keywords in the AI program and adjusting them the result is both realistic and unique. Another creative use of AI is this interpretation of the population density in different countries.

Credits: Eric Groza – Patagonia+IKEATerence Fosstodon – Population Density Maps

3D elements

It goes without saying that the Metaverse and Virtual Reality have a significant impact on 3D design, both when it comes to moving 360° objects like logotypes as well as static elements with complex shading and detail. With its flexibility, 3D helps us create other realities and perspectives and we predict we’ll see a lot of surrealistic worlds mixed with reality-based elements within this field.

Credits: Joe Mei – Virtual clothing, Paulina Kopijkowska

 

Graphic trends – expression, colours and fonts

From dopamine colours to artsy fonts

Let us inspire you with dreamy landscapes, popping colours and unique expressions. We’ve looked into some upcoming and popular graphic trends within colour and typography. Bright and happy colours as well as playful fonts remain popular when it comes to both packaging and web design. We’ve gathered inspiring influences from Art Noveau to graffiti, traditional to modern, softness to boldness. Whether you prefer natural or abstract, classical or innovative – here is something for you to incorporate into your current designs or marketing strategies.

Dreams of colour

Muted colour gradients, grainy textures, and natural light. The concept of Dreamy colours is gaining popularity in both interior design and fashion. This is a trend we see in many aspects of graphic design. With the soft nuances and the midnight feeling, this can be applied to both web and packaging design to create smooth, unique, colour harmony. Consumers are invited to enter into a dreamy and soft universe and step out of their everyday life for a little while. Where imagination, fantasy and aspirations are merged into a dreamy concept.

Credits: Moi inerior, Billie Inc. and Caia cosmetic 

Dopamine colours with simplified graphic design

The opposite of dreamy colours might be the Dopamine trend. Drawing inspiration from both the fifties and seventies, the bright and bold nuances bring joy and liveliness to any category within graphic design. With the popping and fun, contrasting colours we believe this could elevate brands by creating attention within packaging design. Graphic design and illustrations are an important part of the design work, and the magic is to find good colour combinations that are in contrast but look stunning together.

Credits: Poppi and Cocco – The art of chocolate 

Arts & crafts – unique typefaces inspired by Art Noveau

Fonts with a classic feel but with a modern touch. Inspired by Art Nouveau this style is often illustrated and self-designed to create a unique graphical profile. By playing around with fonts in this modern way and connecting them with traditional styles, you can develop new, exciting ways to express your brand.

Credits: Reva skin care and Nicky Laatz

Express yourself with expressive fonts – from Dada to Graffiti

For a powerful statement, try expressive fonts. Combining capital letters with contrasting colours, the text can almost become illegible sometimes- but with the intention to bring attention. Almost an impression of art rather than words, this trend is excessive, but in all the right ways. We can see that this technique has gone from being an expression for graffiti artists – to a modern marketing approach being used in both billboards and packaging design. The fonts are creating movement, contrast and bring youth and innovation to the product and brand.


Credits: Talormade, Brooklyn film festival and Uberdank

Adentity celebrating 20 years in Paris!

Colourful art, culinary experiences, and vibrant street life

Bonjour Paris! We celebrated Adentity’s first 20 years with an inspirational trip to Paris. A homage to team spirit, the joy of creative work and passion for building strong brands. Paris inspired us with its beauty, art, culinary experiences, architecture, and vibrant street life. Come with us to Paris!

Pont Neuf in the soft autumn sun

We crossed la Seine over the beautiful Pont Neuf, taking a moment in the warm, soft autumn sun with La Tour Eiffel on the horizon. The bridge is one of Paris’s oldest bridges with its own exciting history. Pont Neuf is a popular location for both filmmakers, artists, and fashion photographers. In 1985, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude covered the entire bridge in woven polyamide fabric, known as The Pont Neuf Wrapped.

The art museum Musée d’Orsay – Impressionism and Avant-garde

Our first port of call was the Musee d’Orsay. Once upon a time, this building was a train station, the Gare d’Orsay, that was later turned into an art museum. Now it is one of Paris’s most unique museum buildings. Adentity started our visit on the fifth floor, with the great works of Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Degas and many more. We passed through the phases of Impressionism, Post-impressionism, and Avant-garde filmmaking. Exploring how Paris has been the centre of so many art movements and eras.

French culinary experience in Saint-Germain

Great art creates great appetite, so it was time for a proper Parisian lunch. We found a perfect place in St Germaine, where we feasted on a starter of classic snails soaked in garlic butter with baguettes whilst digesting the artistic influences from Musée d’Orsay.


Paris – Turning buildings into advertising

Paris is a city that knows how to use every building renovation project as an advertisement opportunity. During renovation the buildings are wrapped, cleverly hiding the messy construction project behind and providing a huge space for advertisements. Seen by thousands of Parisians and visitors passing by, the artwork on these mega-size panels is well executed with high quality design and print techniques making them really stand out.We photographed a few during our trip to Paris. The ”Cloud-ad” for Louis Vuitton was visible all over Paris.

La Basilique du Sacre Cœur with Montmartre ambience

After a short metro ride, we arrived at Chateaux Rouge where we walked up the hill to la Basilique du Sacre-Coeur and enjoyed the great view over Paris. Under the clear Saturday sky, we sat down for a relaxing break on the stairs enjoy the vibrant life around us and being entertained by a young man doing the most fantastic football tricks whilst hanging from a lamppost!

As the sun began to set, we wandered through Montmartre feeling the ambience of streets lined with small houses and the heritage of great artists. Picasso had his first studio in Montmartre at the Rue Gabrielle, also Renoir, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec had their homes close by.

Celebration Dinner at le Camondo

The restaurant La Camondo is situated in a beautiful Parisian Villa near the Park Monceau in the 8th arrondissement. We had a delicious dinner there with French Cuisine. It was a joyful evening with fun stories of memories and adventures we have experienced together at Adentity.

A fashion walk in the night – from Valentino to Gucci

In a strong, colourful light in a variety of colours from purple, pink, blue and green, the fashion houses presented the clothes for the upcoming winter season. Gucci’s green mega-sized installation for promoting the Gucci Bamboo 1947 bag caught our eye. The entire installation was made only of small, spring-green coloured balls that together created a 3D effect.


Paris landmark number one – La tour Eiffel

Paris was glittering below our feet and the fantastic view from the top made us breathless. The Eiffel Tower or La Dame de Fer – the iron lady – is a true symbol of Paris, and quite extraordinary in the world of marketing.

It is a city landmark like no other. The tower has been at the centre of lots of creative work since it was built in 1889. For example, the French car brand Citroën has used the Eiffel Tower for celebrating their concept of Créative Technologie in several campaigns over the years.

Between 1925 and 1934 the Eiffel Tower served as a marketing pillar for the brand. Using 250 000 lights to form the letters of Citroën, they managed to turn the whole tower in an advert. The Guinness Book of World Records actually recorded the Eiffel Tower as the world’s largest advertisement. There are no limits in the world of creativity – everything is possible.

Looking forward to the next 20 years

After some wonderful days in Paris, the entire Adentity team felt boosted with inspiration, ready to take on new marketing challenges. We certainly look forward to the next exciting 20 years!

Au revoir, Paris! A bientôt.

Los Angeles inspiration

Image: Adentity, Venice Beach

Where do you go to get inspired when it comes to movies and creative productions? Yes, you are right. To LA. Adentity went to LA to get inspired in the City of Angels. In this post, we would like to share some of the LA inspiration. From 3D screens and graphic design to how to connect offline with online media through both layout and the love for QR codes.

Full 3D experience – Hollywood film legacy

Forget the 3D glasses. Enjoy the full 3D film experience at Los Angeles International Airport instead. The airport elevator turns into a historic high-rise building with full action and vivid acrobatic. This impressive 3D installation catches the attention of travellers. By taking the old silent movie and turning it into a 3D experience, it captures the soul of LA and Hollywood, connecting the past with the future.

The use of the latest 3D movie screen technology enables new creative opportunities. New kinds of open spaces – from retail to fairs and offices – can now act as attention and branding billboards.
Take a look and get inspired!

LA, LA, LA  –  graphic letter design on repeat

With clean typography and playfulness in the colour palette, these letter graphics catch the eye. The use of different shades creates a dynamic in the graphic layout. In the middle of the layout, you find a QR code to navigate you further in the social media landscape.

Image:  Adentity, Los Angeles

LA in love with QR codes

Everywhere in LA, QR codes are used. They are a natural part of all types of consumer marketing. The QR codes redirect customers to social media pages and are both smart and convenient.

QR-code stands for Quick Response and is a matrix barcode offering a short track for the consumer to more information on a webpage. When QR codes first appeared in marketing and product communication it took a couple of years before consumers started using them in daily life.

The development was boosted by the introduction of Smartphones, although the very first QR codes came already in 1994. The innovation originated from a Japanese automotive company, Denso Wave, to speed up their manufacturing process. It is interesting how technology and marketing go hand in hand, and how deep LA has fallen in love with QR codes.

Share your #LAstory

Time to share your LA story! The offline world gets connected with the online world. This large format poster borrows its inspiration from the Instagram universe, with an aspirational photo that catches the eye and a clear call to action promoting the hashtag. Simple and clean – Share your best LA Story to inspire others. There are almost 600 000 stories on Instagram connected to the hashtag.

#LAstory

La Biennale di Venezia

Biennale Arte – The milk of dreams

The 59th International Art Exhibition just opened up at Giardini and Arsenale in Venice. The Biennale Arte 2022 in Venice has chosen the theme – ”The Milk of Dreams”. Inspired by the book title “The Milk of Dreams” by the Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington (1917–2011).

”The Exhibition
takes Leonora Carrington’s otherworldly creatures, along with other figures of transformation, as companions on an imaginary journey through the metamorphoses of bodies and definitions of the human.”

Here is a sneak peek of the artists displayed at the Biennale:

Credits: Jonathas de Andrade, Simone Leigh, Wu Tsang of Whales, Ulla Wiggen (venice.art.biennale)

The curator of the exhibition, Cecilia Alemani, says to the Art Newspaper: “I wanted to use this atmosphere and this fluidity to create an exhibition that talks about metamorphosis of the body, and of the definitions of humanity”. It is an impressive amount of art that is presented:  213 artists from 58 countries; 180 of these are participating for the first time in the International Exhibition. In total there are 1433 works and objects on display – which is quite impressive.

Credits: Globestyles & Adentity

Sources and read more at Designboom, La Biennale and The Art Newspaper

Graphic design trends in 2022

Youthful expressions that catches the eye

This year, styles from across the decades are coming back to life in a new twist and creative form. Trends tend to be cyclical and come back and evolve. This is something we like about graphic design, the rediscovering and reimagining of old favourites. 

We’ve looked into upcoming trends in the graphic design world and have gathered some inspiring trends within style and colour for 2022. We also included some examples from major brands like Kellogs, Coca Cola and Burger King that have explored new youthful expressions in line with these trends.

90’s nostalgia and retro style in a fresh take

90s style is an era of sweet nostalgia that is coming back to give people a well-familiar sense of bubblegum colours, grainy textures, pixelated art and retro illustrations. Major brands like Coca Cola and Burger King have adapted the retro vibe, expressing it in a modern and fresh way.

See more at: itsnicethat, clio

Muted colours for an organic and calm design

Muted colours are essentially vivid colours that have had their edge taken off. Muted colors are incorporated more on the web and even in packaging. Perhaps because they tend to give off an organic, calm vibe and blend well with a light or dark text when used as a base.

See more at: design & paper, Landor

Combining 3D and flat design for catching the eye

3D is a growing form of style that is opening up its arms to anyone that’s up for a try. As it offers limitless possibilities to designers, it gives room for anything you can imagine. We see many creators combining flat designs with a pop of 3D elements to create depth, as well as stand out and create attention.

See more at: Behance, Dribble

Milan Design Week 2021

Nature, craftmanship and soft pastels –  with strong sustainability manifestos

What is going on in the Supersalone in Milan? The world’s biggest annual design gathering just took place in Milan. We took a sneak peak what is going on in the Salone del Mobile – the furniture fair that is the key event during the Design week. Designs in focus celebrated nature, craftsmanship, soft pastels but with strong sustainability manifestos. According to Eclectic Trends, sustainability was the overriding message at the fair. Company manifestos like “Going greener”, “Second life”, “Renew our connection with nature” adorned the Salone’s walls and booths.

Kaarigari by Rashmi Bidasaria

Rashmi Bidararia encoded the movements of block printing artisans into a visual data – channelling their unique signature styles. The project pays homage to the craftsmen and their work in a beautiful execution.

Hypatia Project by Tair Almor

The Hypatia Project was born out of answers from 100 women about their body, nudity, pain and pleasure. From the sequence of answers from each woman, Tair Almor created a unique ceramic vase using modular molds, telling the story of each woman’s experience of the female body.

Seam of Skin by Chiaki Yoshihara

Interior and product designer Chiaki Yoshihara presented Seam of Skin, a furniture collection born from a unique process. Yoshihara has taken polystyrene foam and turned it into furniture with a wood grain-like texture and sheer pastel colours. For the chairs and stools, Yoshihara used polystyrene for its insulation properties together with actual wood, so heat doesn’t escape and the seating surface feels warm.

I’ll be your mirror by Josephine Akvama Hoffmeyer and Elisa Ossino

I’ll Be Your Mirror is a colourful yet calm installation staged throughout a Milanese apartment, featuring contemporary frescoes, classic Scandinavian furniture and mirrored surfaces. The designers said:
“While the balance of material, colors and texture lay at the very surface of interior, we urge spectators to contemplateon their own significance and appearance within space and time.” 

The Venus power collection from Patricia Urquiola

Venus Power is a collection of rugs by Patricia Urquiola created for Italian design company cc-tapis. The collaboration between designer and maker explores the idea that all people, regardless of gender, carry a level of femininity within them, and encourages it to be embraced, listened to and accepted. The idea is expressed through the metaphor “We all come from Venus”.

 

 

Graphic design inspiration 2021

Graphic design is a constant changing field with new ideas and visual styles, always looking for new ways to evolve and advance. That is why every year there are new or altered graphic design trends appearing. In this article, we introduce some of the exciting trends for 2021 that are being used more frequently in the industry.

Graphic design trend – Groovy fonts on display

Typography is an ever-changing field with endless possibilities for experiment and development. Last year, we were making fonts bold and magnetic. In 2021 designers are searching for something new and different. This year will give us more extraordinary display typefaces with geometrical dimensions and 3D fonts in acid colour palettes and gradients. When building a brand, the typography is important. To develop a font uniquely designed for your brand is a great way to create a unique expression and make people recognize you in the crowd.

See more at Oberlo, Studio Aurora, Dualist

Get inspired from A to Z!

We love to explore typography and get inspired by expressive and creative fonts. The project 36 days of type combines passion for graphic design together with the letters and numbers of the Latin alphabet. Designers, illustrators and graphic artists are each year challenged to design a letter or number each day for 36 days. The result? Beautiful, inspiring interpretations of the same symbols from thousands different perspectives.

See more at 36 days of type

Graphic design trend – Go monochrome or duotone?

Duotone design refers to creations that are made up of two contrasting colors, while monochrome design refers to the use of varying tones of a single color. These two ways of expressing colour, we see are getting a push this year. Monochrome and duotone designs are being used in online campaigns and advertisement as well as in packaging and product design.

See more at Sammontana Gruvi, DesignboldKolorlessSpotify

Graphic design trend – The dark mode

Dark UI design is a trend that’s growing fast! The use of dark mode in UI design is increasing since more and more users around the world prefer a dark interface before a bright. A dark mode is a useful option for when you want to draw attention to the content, for example reading, music apps and productivity software. Both Apple and Google have incorporated a dark theme in their user interfaces. A muted design helps focus attention and enhance accessibility more than a bright design does.

See more at Imam Abdul Azis, Elena Zelova, Ariuka 

What trends will you incorporate in your designs in 2021?

Barilla refreshes the blue brand colour and packaging design

Inspired by the Italian sky on a summer’s day

Adentity recently visited Milan and spotted the new, lighter blue Barilla packaging design that is launched in Italy. The new Barilla blue is inspired by the Italian sky on a summer’s day. FutureBrand that is the agency behind the rebranding work explains the new blue like this:

”That special hue of blue of the Italian sky on a summer’s day has been transferred to the Barilla pasta packaging. The packaging says farewell to Barilla’s traditional blue for a lighter shade full of emotion and generosity. Today, that light blue characterises Barilla packaging all over the world, celebrating the Italianness of the most loved pasta brand.” 


Barilla brand colours – red, white, and blue

Barilla’s traditional three brand colours are red, white and dark blue. The red, white and blue colour palette of the Barilla visual identity is a representation of the passion, love, and professionalism of the Italian company and its values of the customers’ happiness and well-being. We think a fresh, new packaging design is a great move for Barilla to make, since it is a refreshment to the brand in line with the heritage, focusing on emotions and highlighting the Barilla story and its love for pasta.

A new fresher pasta packaging range

Apart from the colour being replaced with a lighter shade of blue, there are some other exciting changes to the Barilla packaging. The new pasta box is made of virgin cardboard fiber which is a sustainable and recyclable material, and the plastic window has been removed in some markets like UK, which shows a sustainable mindset at Barilla. Also, the pasta will now be produced with 100% Italian wheat, and a new icon has been introduced to highlight this.

Before the redesign of the Blue packaging colour

You probably recognize the old Barilla packaging, since it is a product and design that lasted virtually 30 years. We look forward to seeing the new packaging in shelves all around the world!

 

Read more at FutureBrand, Barilla, Behance and Packly blog

 

Dive into the world of Adobe splash screens

If you work with Adobe programs like InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop you might have noticed different artwork appearing on your screen before the program opens. These are so-called splash screens and are used to create attention and promote the programs. Every year Adobe commission different artists to create the designs. We think this is a fun way of highlighting the programs. In this article, we explore the different artists and Adobes’ artwork for this year’s splash screens.

Adobe Illustrator – Vibrant colours of joy

Jade Purple Brown’s artwork is the new splash screen image for Adobe Illustrator. She is a Brooklyn-based artist who has worked with brands like Refinery29 and Sephora. Brown created the splash screen image at the beginning of the pandemic. Spending a lot of time at home, she made the piece highlighting the feeling of waiting, but being hopeful through uncertainty. She uses a lot of vibrant colours to evoke joy, balanced with more neutrals like browns, blacks, and whites. “When you see my work, I want you to feel good. I want you to feel optimistic about your future and the possibilities of life, in general” she says.

Adobe InDesign – Collaborative magic

Birgit Palma and Daniel Triendl are long-time friends that teamed up to create the artwork for this year’s Adobe InDesign splash screen. When being approached by Adobe, they sat down and sketched both together and apart before merging each other’s ideas. “From there, it’s like a ping-pong match. We build of each other’s ideas and go back and forth. We’re in constant contact throughout the project.” says Triendl. According to Palma, the design changes quite a bit from start to finish when collaborating;” I may illustrate something and then send it to him to work on. While he’s working, I’ll prepare the colour scheme and then send it to him to make it better” she says.

Adobe Photoshop – Doors to imaginary worlds

Ted Chin’s artwork is the new splash screen image for Adobe Photoshop. As an expert photographer and composite artist, Photoshop is core to him. With a family of engineers and his long-time passion for manga, Pixar, and Studio Ghibli, digital art with its blend of creativity and technology is a perfect match. Chin often works with stock images and draws inspiration from artists like Salvador Dalí and René Magritte. “Their artworks send a strong message, and it can mean nothing or anything, but they want you to look at it and think about it,” says Chin. “I’m really drawn to that feeling of opening up a door of an imaginary world. You can interrupt reality any way you want” he says.

If you want to see more creations by the artists, you can check out the Instagram accounts of Jade Purple Brown, Birgit Palma, Daniel Triendl and Ted Chin.

 

Exploring graphic trends

More than just brand identification! The world of graphic design is an ever-changing landscape. It holds the power to educate, inform and convince through colour transitions, personalized fonts and illustrations. In this article we assembled a list of design trends of 2020 that will influence the year to come.

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Minimalism through lines

Line art and minimalistic graphic design was one of 2020’s main trends. The trend could be seen as a result of many large-scale changes in the world over the past year. It has breached many areas of application and is now popular in everything from websites and packaging design to clothing and interior. A beautiful example of the line art trend is the packaging design Èlaboratíum by Stepan Solodkov.

Elaboratium line art packaging design

Playing with letters

Let’s talk about fonts. Why? Content is the “king” of a site or an ad post. Typography is generally not to be messed around with, but with the trend of kinetic typography, stretching, twisting and distorting letters has become a way to create bold combinations and contrasts. We especially want to lift Jasmina Zornić, a graphic designer based in Belgrade, known for her colourful, bold type design and playful branding. Jasmina experiments with typography and takes a lot of inspiration from popular songs.

Colours meet geometrics

2021 will provide a lot of freedom for colour matching. Colour combinations is usually created to dilute visual perception. Combining real-life photos with simple illustrations replacing parts of the photo with colour has become a trend. Temi Coker, widely known for his creative approach in photography and design, explores this technique where black and white tones are paired with bright colours, photographed portraits and surreal illustrations.

Temi Coker graphic trends

What are your predictions for 2021?