2021 Creative Trends from Adobe Stock

2020 has been a year that no one expected. But in the midst of isolation we are preparing ourselves for the future — a future with the understanding that we all share something that cannot be taken away: creativity and kindness.

Join us to learn more about Creative Trends.

Watch Brenda Milis, Principal of Visual Trends, reveal brand-new themes making the most impact in imagery, video, design, 3D, and audio.

2021 Visual Trends

Today’s events remind us to share values that demonstrate strength, inclusion, empathy, and comfort. With a desire to care for our communities and ourselves, 2021 Visual Trends call on us to lift spirits through heartfelt, inspirational, and occasionally political imagery.

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Happy grandparent having fun times with kid at home

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Woman sewing United States back together

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Illustration of smiling men and women dancing with rainbow flag on street
Volunteers hugging in huddle

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Volunteer Event Flyer Layout

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Diverse multiracial fit girls friends wear face masks give elbow bump

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Group of kids wearing face masks performing yoga in the garden
Girls hugging

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Hyper Seed

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Geometric abstract background, street wall art concept, festival, street fair, carnival event poster, banner design
Colorful paper folded in a variety of geometric shapes
Concentric swirls of rainbow colors

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Vibrant retro floral pixel,glitch background

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Cool woman in city street

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Adobe Stock Sara Ciprandi

The guest bedroom
Man Doing Online Meditation Class At Home

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Anonymous father doing workout at home while his baby is playing at the living room
Side View Of Woman Using Laptop At Home

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Cozy bedroom in contemporary interior

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Side View Of Woman Using Laptop At Home

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Mature man sitting at the window at home with closed eyes

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Black woman with afro braided hair
Happy, affectionate young woman with Down syndrome harvesting fresh vegetables with family in sunny garden

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Ecological agriculture

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Aerial view of nelder plot of trees in forest

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Spring Hills

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2021 Design Trends

The stark realities of 2020 drive us to brighter nostalgia in 2021 Design Trends. With an updated return to past aesthetics, your projects can offer weary audiences a timely escape to classic design elements. Provide a thrilling lens into yesterday’s movements with new layouts, illustrations, graphics, and more.

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Ripped Paper Collage Photography Mockup

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Botanical Business Card Design

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Classic number zero logo with premium decoration, Four style serif font set

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Floral Wedding Invitation Card

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Minimal Brand Social Media Graphics Layouts for Pinterest

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Seamless floral pattern with flowers, watercolor

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Chair with lamp and vases on shelf close up in dark brown interior, 3d render

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Kids learning and using internet mobile technology to connect and communicate with each other socially world concept illustration

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Abstract vaporwave aesthetics computer background with 90s style system message window

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Crane Claw Machine Games Isolated on blue background, 3D rendering

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Placard template with abstract geometric shapes, 80s Memphis bright style flat design elements

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Placard template with abstract geometric shapes, 80s Memphis bright style flat design elements, Retro art for covers, banners, flyers and posters, Eps10 vector illustrations

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Collage of user interface elements and rainbow symbol, Vaporwave aesthetics of 80's,

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Retro abstract geometric background, The poster with the flat figures

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Minimal Round Circle Shapes Composition Design Cover Layout,

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Abstract Seamless Pattern with Geometric Shapes and Home decor elements

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Glued Poster Mockup on Concrete Wall with Shadow

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Brutalism Design Vector Cover Mockup

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Minimal 20s geometric design with eyes, vector template with primitive shapes elements

Adobe Stock Cute Designs

Minimal 20s geometric design poster

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Abstract bright colorful background

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Social Media Post Layouts with Typography and Graphic Elements

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Groovy Fashion Social Media Layout

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Colorful volumetric abstract background with texture, 3d illustration, 3d rendering,

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Colorful Layered Text Effect

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alt="Looking Love Me cover, card or poster design with brightly colored text and central eye over a blue background"

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Groovy baby!

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2021 Motion Trends

In a job climate affected by COVID-19, small studios and big brands alike sought to utilize cost-effective, accessible, and relevant techniques in their motion pieces. Our 2021 Motion Trends helps creatives deliver an experience that engages, delights, and calms audiences.

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Activists protesting outdoors in the city

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HANDHELD

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GRADIENT

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MEDIA REPLACEMENT

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TRANSFORMATIVE TRANSITIONS

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2021 Audio Trends

The stark realities of 2020 drive us to brighter nostalgia in 2021 Design Trends. With an updated return to past aesthetics, your projects can offer weary audiences a timely escape to classic design elements. Provide a thrilling lens into yesterday’s movements with new layouts, illustrations, graphics, and more.

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psychedelic disco party music motion background

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GLOBAL RHYTHMS

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Neon portrait of young african woman listening music with earphones.

A global, modern feel for listeners who expect diversity in branded content.

PODCASTS

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Online live radio studio desk

Music for stories and ads in a medium that’s become mainstream.

ELECTRONIC SPECTRUM

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Abstract Background - Blue Equalizer

Clean and contemporary electronic productions, with a huge variety of subgenres to suit any need.

Get a deeper look.

Explore our 2021 Creative Trends guide to see the inspiration behind this year’s themes of comfort, connection, and wellbeing.