January’s Top 13: What’s Trending

January 13, 2023 | By Noise 13

Happy New Year! As we kick off 2023 our team recently did a creative inspiration session to get the juices flowing after the holiday break. We shared creative trends the industry experts are predicting, as well as those we hope will show up this year. From how we relate to others, to visual design, AI, packaging, and sustainability here’s what we’re looking forward to seeing more of in ‘23!

Dava’s Picks: Founder and Chief Creative Officer 

  • Empathy in life and design. This is more a BIG wish but we are also seeing a few trend reports heading this way, thank goodness. To get your ideas flowing read “The Empathy Edge”
  • Face to face conversation. This goes hand in hand with empathy as a good conversation and actual listening involves more senses than just the ears. I just finished “Let’s Talk, How to Have Better Conversations” and there was a great note about the Chinese symbol for listening “ting” which includes the ears, eyes, heart, mind and undivided attention. So put down the phone, listen first and have better conversations. 

Andre’s Picks: Associate Creative Director 

Haley’s Picks: Creative Project Manager

  • Minimal vintage graphic design. The approach with this trend is that designs won’t look immediately retro or vintage in style, but rather a carefully chosen color palette and typeface will be able to reference a certain decade. We love a good design comeback!

Caity’s Picks: Creative Project Manager

Suzanne’s Picks: Operations Leader

Elaine’s Picks: Designer 

  • Thrilled is an understatement for the rise of more open-sourced sustainability initiatives in the packaging industry. Companies like Guacamole Airplane, PlasticFree, Ecovative are leading the way to empower others towards a sustainable solution by making their information accessible. We hope to see more companies join and work together to solve this global challenge.

Meb’s Picks: Designer 

  • More design using the low tech Riso printer. This follows Haley’s vintage design trend, too. We love this for its layering, overall visual style, and vintage aesthetic. Grab some design inspiration with “No Magic in Riso”.

Zili’s Picks: Designer 

  • Non alcoholic drinks and the fun expressions that design is taking in this industry. More and more people are choosing alternatives and the options are endless and visually exciting. 

Xiaoxiao’s Picks: Junior Designer 

  • Prominent photography. Photography is a big part of design. Finding creative ways to use photos of people, nature, and objects can help tell a story, communicate a message, or evoke an emotion.
  • Denim never die! 

Sol’s Picks: Junior Designer 

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