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Top 100 Art and Design Trends in 2012

From Quirky Digital Dames to Disney Family Portraits

— January 19, 2013 — Art & Design
When it comes to art and design trends of 2012, DIY living stands out above the rest. Bloggers and creatives everywhere took to fashioning a variety of chic objects from scratch, including jewelry and candles.

Illustrators were also hard at work taking the best items from popular culture and giving them a unique twist. Portraits featuring the Little Mermaid all grown up with children were a popular hit, and proved to be a subtle update on a classic tale.

Art and design developments over the past year signaled how the public is finding new ways to look good for less. DIY finds are one way this is achieved, but many are also looking towards cheaper vintage looks for a timeless, yet affordable look.

Making sense of all of the innovations in art and design can be tough. If you want to learn more on this subject, Trend Hunter's Art and Design Trend Report offers professional insights on this topic sourced from over one billion views of data.
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Social Network Stats
Social Network Stats
The Facebook 2012 Infographic is an Update on the Leading Online Community
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DIY Artistic Toddler Photography
DIY Artistic Toddler Photography
Japanese Mother Mami Koide Takes Creative Pics of Sleeping Baby
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Elegant Flower Cakes
Elegant Flower Cakes
The Instructables Blog Shows How to Make Edible Mason Jar Treats
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Whimsical Voyager Visuals
Whimsical Voyager Visuals
Qian Yi Depicts a Traveller Journeying Through Fantastical Lands
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Prismatic Paper Jewelry
Prismatic Paper Jewelry
Suite by Kirsten Hassenfeld Addresses Wealth and Luxury
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Haunting Hippie Portraits
Haunting Hippie Portraits
Dirk Kikstra Lenses Social Rebellion for the Ones2Watch
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Vertigo-Inducing Photography
Vertigo-Inducing Photography
Photographer Dennis Maitland Isn't Afraid of Heights
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Funky Four-Eyed Fashionistas
Funky Four-Eyed Fashionistas
Young Chun Paints Women with Impressive Ocular Wear
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92
Digitally Distorted Architecture
Digitally Distorted Architecture
A Wayward World of Surreal Structures by Philip Dujardin
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Candy-Colored Children's Illustrations
Candy-Colored Children's Illustrations
These Natsuki Otani Renderings are Wildly Chromatic
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Photoreal Silver Screen Portraits (UPDATE)
Photoreal Silver Screen Portraits (UPDATE)
Dan LuVisi Illustrates Memorable Movie Characters
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Ethereal Pastel Ensembles
Ethereal Pastel Ensembles
The Elie Saab Spring 2012 Couture Collection is Perfect for Award Season
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Fierce Facial Jewelry Shots
Fierce Facial Jewelry Shots
The Givenchy Spring 2012 Couture Collection is Gothic-Chic
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Geometric Bicycle Brackets
Geometric Bicycle Brackets
The Bike Valet Embodies the Art of Efficient Apartment Storage
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Superheroic Pocket Monsters
Superheroic Pocket Monsters
Artist Binsbilyas Mashes Comic Book Favorites with Pokemon
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Manmade Cloud Installations
Manmade Cloud Installations
Berndnaut Smilde's Nimbus II is Magical and Whimsical
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Invasive Pop-Up Illustrations
Invasive Pop-Up Illustrations
Chris Booth Sculpts Paintings that Come Off Their Canvases
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DIY Personified Popsicles
DIY Personified Popsicles
Zoku Makes Healthy (and Fun) Summer Treats Fast
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Puny Comic Protagonists
Puny Comic Protagonists
Ryodita Renders Geeky Characters at Half their Original Size
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Kitty-Inspired Fonts
Kitty-Inspired Fonts
The Cats as Fonts Collection is a Feline-Packed Trip Through Writing Styles
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Pixelated Pop Culture Ensembles
Pixelated Pop Culture Ensembles
Paulo Capdeville Renders Comic Book Favorites Using Chunky Blocks
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Famous Feline Crime Fighters
Famous Feline Crime Fighters
Marvel Cats Meme Invites Artists to Reinterpret Beloved Superheroes
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Blunt Designer Truths
Blunt Designer Truths
Anneke Short Uses Simple Prints to Set the Record Straight About Design
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$21-Million Apartments
$21-Million Apartments
'The House' in Tokyo is the World's Most Expensive One-Bedroom Apartment
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Culture-Clashed Iconic Paintings
Culture-Clashed Iconic Paintings
Robert Brandenburg's Changes Will Make You Giggle
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Concealed Compartment Phone Covers
Concealed Compartment Phone Covers
The iLID MK-1 iPhone Wallet Declutters Your Pants Pockets
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Romancing Hipster Illustrations
Romancing Hipster Illustrations
Thomas Pitilli Renders Drawings of Lovey Dovey Pop Scenes
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Innocuous Youth Illustrations
Innocuous Youth Illustrations
Ana Bagayan Paints Wide-Eyed Children in Dream-Like Depictions
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Love-Struck Cakes
Love-Struck Cakes
These Red Velvet Cupcakes are Impaled on Cupid's Arrow
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Vibrant Hallucinatory Visions
Vibrant Hallucinatory Visions
Joanna Krotka Renders Psychedelic Pictures with an Asian Twist
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Gold-Laced Girl Illustrations
Gold-Laced Girl Illustrations
Ikenaga Yasunari Uses Expensive Element as a Medium
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Whimsical Apparel Artistry
Whimsical Apparel Artistry
Katie Rodgers Renders Fashion Models in Chic & Stylish Gear
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Luxury Floating Hotels
Luxury Floating Hotels
The M/V Aria Cruise Ship Travels Along the Amazon River
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Rustic Cavemen Hotels
Rustic Cavemen Hotels
The Caves of Civita Hotel in Sextantio Italy Offers Primitive Luxury
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Carnivorous High Heels
Carnivorous High Heels
Iris van Herpen and United Nude's Fang Shoe is Literally Long in the Tooth
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Instagram Throw Pillows
Instagram Throw Pillows
'Stitchtagram' Creates Handmade Memories
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Individualized Hilltop Hideaways
Individualized Hilltop Hideaways
Intimate Architecture by David Garcia Studio Overlooks Vineyards
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Disney Superhero Doodles
Disney Superhero Doodles
James Silvani Recasts Comic Books with Mickey Mouse & Friends
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Earthy DIY Eateries
Earthy DIY Eateries
Viet Hoa Mess Offers Patrons an Underground Dining Experience
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DIY Nail Tape
DIY Nail Tape
The Beauty Department Blog Shows How to Make Colorful Fingers
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Romantic Retro Superhero Renderings
Romantic Retro Superhero Renderings
Des Taylor Depicts Comic Protagonists in Sentimental Scenes
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Creepy Corpse Dolls
Creepy Corpse Dolls
Kamila Mlynarczyk Crafts Whimsical Victorian Toy Zombies
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Transformed Iconic Images
Transformed Iconic Images
These Historic Color Photos Get an Outstanding Makeover
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Quirky Digital Dames
Quirky Digital Dames
Cintia Gonzalvez Illustrates Women with Oddball Personalities
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Wallpaper-Inspired Nails
Wallpaper-Inspired Nails
The 'Faded Floral Mani' by The Beauty Department is Easier Than it Looks
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TV Apartment Floor Plans
TV Apartment Floor Plans
Inaki Aliste Lizarralde Illustrates Famous Fictional Living Spaces
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Costumed Children Cartoons
Costumed Children Cartoons
Amy Mullen Illustrates Kids Dressed as Beloved Superheroes
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Gritty Villainous Visages
Gritty Villainous Visages
David Rodriguez Renders Batman's Enemies in Horrifying Style
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Illuminated Public Sculptures
Illuminated Public Sculptures
The Luminous Field Installation Turns Cloud Gate into a Disco Ball
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Literature-Shingled Lamps
Literature-Shingled Lamps
The Zipper 8 Lighting Collection Covers Bulbs with Book Contents
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Piped Paperback Storage
Piped Paperback Storage
Industrial Bookshelves Bind Your Library into the Structure of Your Home
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Risque Overlapping Renderings
Risque Overlapping Renderings
Ho Ryon Lee Paints Provocative Women in Abstract Double Vision Style
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Cinematic Comic Mash-Ups
Cinematic Comic Mash-Ups
The Marvel/Disney Hybrids 2 Contest Pairs Childhood Favorites
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Dry Marker Damsel Drawings
Dry Marker Damsel Drawings
Chun Fui Ng Renders Fashionable Women with Faint Ink
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Disturbing Liplock Depictions
Disturbing Liplock Depictions
David Ho Paints Bizarre Creatures Kissing One Another
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Gravity-Defying Installations
Gravity-Defying Installations
German Artist Cornelia Konrads Explores the Temporality of Objects
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Ombre Kicks
Ombre Kicks
Converse's New Dip-Dye Chuck Taylors are Colorful and Relaxed
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Adorably Brief Body Art
Adorably Brief Body Art
The Dottinghill Temporary Tattoos Feature Some Amazing Designs
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Punk Fashion Pictorials
Punk Fashion Pictorials
Carbon Copy Magazine's Latest Shoot Will Rock Your World
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Historical Hipster Portraits (UPDATE)
Historical Hipster Portraits (UPDATE)
These Fab Ciraolo Subjects Listen to Indie Bands
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Character Connection Cartoons
Character Connection Cartoons
'I Know That Feel Bro' Creates Bonds Between Pop Culture Figures
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Offensively Remixed Cartoons
Offensively Remixed Cartoons
'If Life Was Like a Disney Movie' by Jeff Wysaski is Hilarious
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Text-Infused Hipster Renderings
Text-Infused Hipster Renderings
Mr.Frivolous Pairs Cryptic Messages with Cool Female Drawings
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Hyperreal Human Replicas
Hyperreal Human Replicas
Bruno Walpoth Chisels Life-Like Statues Using Lime & Walnut Wood
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Expressive Animal Confections
Expressive Animal Confections
Bakerella's Panda Cupcakes are the Cutest Way to Get Your Sugar Fix
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Cinematic Notebook Sketches
Cinematic Notebook Sketches
Marie Bergeron Renders Iconic Imagery from Famous Films
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Classy Sentimental Scenes
Classy Sentimental Scenes
Jack Vettriano Paints Romantic Depictions with a Hard-Boiled, Noir Feel
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Fully Functional Garage Homes
Fully Functional Garage Homes
The Michelle De La Vega 'Mini Home' Makes Use of Unusual Space
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Streaky Prismatic Portraits (UPDATE)
Streaky Prismatic Portraits (UPDATE)
Marion Bolognesi Renders Perfect Faces with Runny Watercolors
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Flora-Infused Female Paintings
Flora-Infused Female Paintings
Jennifer Healy Renders Women with Flowery and Fishy Anatomy
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Sleek Stiletto-Inspired Nails
Sleek Stiletto-Inspired Nails
Land Your Mitts on the Best Dressed List with Louboutin Nails
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Cantilevered Wooden Cabins
Cantilevered Wooden Cabins
Utriai Residence Holds an Impossible Position Lifted Up from the Lawn
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Horror Film Pin-Ups
Horror Film Pin-Ups
Alastair Fell Paints Beautiful Women with Monstrous Make-Up & Features
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Floating Balcony Pools
Floating Balcony Pools
The Aquaria Grande is Sculptural and Luxurious
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Grandiose Disney Depictions
Grandiose Disney Depictions
Thomas Kinkade Illustrates Majestic Pictures from Childhood Favorites
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DIY Tin Can Treats
DIY Tin Can Treats
The 'OUR BEST BITES' Blog Shows How to Make Customized Gifts
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DIY Magnetic Sunglasses
DIY Magnetic Sunglasses
The Brit & Co. Blog Shows How to Make Fashionable Eyewear
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Superheroic Eye Shadows
Superheroic Eye Shadows
Makeup Artist Jangsara Celebrates The Avengers with Alluring Looks
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Simple Superhero Silhouettes
Simple Superhero Silhouettes
Calvin Lin Creates a Series of Minimalist Comic Character Posters
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Pixar-Styled Superheroes
Pixar-Styled Superheroes
Daniel Araya Renders Comic Book Characters with Kid-Friendly Aesthetics
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Adult-Themed Disney Artistry
Adult-Themed Disney Artistry
Darko Kreculj Paints Mickey Mouse & Friends as Seedy Citizens
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Orange Peel Wicks
Orange Peel Wicks
The DIY Satsuma Candle is an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Traditional Tapers
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DIY LED Party Balloons
DIY LED Party Balloons
Sharon Vaknin Shows How to Light up Any Occasion
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Fashion Icon Illustrations
Fashion Icon Illustrations
Hayden Williams Depicts Stylish Stars in Impressive Drawing Series
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Anime-Style Superheroes
Anime-Style Superheroes
Santi Casas Illustrates Western Comics with Eastern Aesthetics
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Innocuous Tattooed Girl Illustrations
Innocuous Tattooed Girl Illustrations
Tati Ferrigno Pairs Angelic Ladies with Intense Body Art
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Sinister Disney Remix Paintings
Sinister Disney Remix Paintings
The Rodolfo Loaiza DisasterLand Exhibit Taints Childhood Memories
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Teenage Anime-Style Avengers
Teenage Anime-Style Avengers
Artist Ricken Illustrates American Superheroes in a Japanese Style
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DIY Paper Speakers
DIY Paper Speakers
The Plywood iVictrola Design for iPhones is a Fun Project
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DIY Spandex Jewelry
DIY Spandex Jewelry
The Brit & Co. Chunky Necklace Makes Use of Unconventional Materials
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DIY Mantra Bracelets
DIY Mantra Bracelets
The Lumi Blog Shows You How to Make Customized Jewelry
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Disney Family Portraits
Disney Family Portraits
DeviantART User Grodansnagel Illustrates the Kin of Classic Cartoons
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DIY Nail Polish Glassware
DIY Nail Polish Glassware
Make Colorful Glasses with this Project by Joanna Bean Martin
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Hipster Princess Depictions
Hipster Princess Depictions
The DeviantART User Viria13 'Fashion Princesses' are Rad Recreations
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Wing-Widened Campers
Wing-Widened Campers
The Odorico Pordenone Caravan Expands to Offer Provide Spaciousness
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Friendship Necklace Tutorials
Friendship Necklace Tutorials
Learn How to Make These DIY Utility Rope Necklaces by Honestly Wtf
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Hunkified Disney Villains
Hunkified Disney Villains
Pixiv Artist J Gives Ugly Antagonists a Handsome Makeover
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Seductively Surreal Snapshots
Seductively Surreal Snapshots
An Imaginative Creative Photography Series by Allen Staley Amazes
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Race Re-imagined Damsels
Race Re-imagined Damsels
Racially Altered Disney Princesses Touch on Feminist Issues
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DIY Glowing Containers
DIY Glowing Containers
The 'From Panka with Love' Blog Shows How to Make Glow-in-the-Dark Jars
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