Design Trends 2012
2012, the end of the world.
So wrote the Mayas in their calendar, one of the oldest and best designed in human history. We looked into these apocalyptic prophecies and mysterious traces of the past, and we looked into the 2012 trends influenced by the end and regeneration of cities and cultures.
Trends inspired by catastrophic events and yet by humankind’s continuous desire for constant regeneration; the everlasting hope for something new and better that will follow any destructive or apocalyptic event.
Trends that pervade our culture and society. These are powerful themes, influencing artists and thinkers worldwide. They resonate with consumers and businesses, informing spending habits and inspiring lifestyles.
Many point to predictions contained in the Mayan calendar, which dates back to the 5th century BC. This complex calendar runs in distinct cycles, and the current one is due to complete at the winter solstice (21st December) 2012. Some have interpreted this to signify the end of time. Others cite the writings of 16th century French doctor, Michel de Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus.
Creativity inspired by destruction
However, the strength and powerful beauty of those trends reside in the simple fact that, as catastrophic as they may be, their “positive side of rebirth and regeneration” can also inspire designers and artists all over the globe into creating extraordinary art and design products.
In this collection of posts we want to investigate the details of those trends and present them to you in a way to show the beautiful design inspirations that derives from them.
Click on the trends below to join us in our journey to discover what’s inspiring and exciting designers and artists all over the world this year!