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Top 100 Best Design Trends of 2012

From Cellphone Plug Charms to Floral Purse Makeovers

— January 18, 2013 — Art & Design
The best design trends from the past year demonstrated the endless creativity of many brands. Some of the most innovative finds were products that deviated ever so slightly from conventional norms. Although these tweaks were small, they still made a big difference to the overall look and feel of a product.

For example, the 'JasmineTCreations' were handy accessories for one's iPhone. The cute designs looked like miniature crowns to help jazz up this piece of tech that so many people own. Once again the ombre theme cropped up in everything from sneakers to chandeliers. While this trend became popular this year with hair, many designers saw the potential to transfer this look to a variety of products.

For those looking for more insight into design trends, our Design Trend Report helps businesses find the next big thing in this industry.
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Activity
Freshness
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Modern Retro Runways
Modern Retro Runways
The DSquared Fall/Winter 2012/2013 Collection is the Epitome of Glamour
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99
Fantastically Folded Architecture
Fantastically Folded Architecture
The Jameson House Mixes the Old with the New
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98
Social Media Sleepers
Social Media Sleepers
The FBed Concept is Inspired by the Facebook Logo
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97
Multiple Meaning Illustrations
Multiple Meaning Illustrations
The Pablo Stanley 'Words are Fun' Graphics are Homophonic
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96
Colorfully Perforated Furniture
Colorfully Perforated Furniture
The PEEP Storage Units Allow Natural Light to Seep Through
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95
H2O-Transporting Two-Wheelers
H2O-Transporting Two-Wheelers
Water on Wheels Brings the Life Liquid to Thirsty Towns
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94
Social Network Stats
Social Network Stats
The Facebook 2012 Infographic is an Update on the Leading Online Community
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93
Tattooed Asian Female Artistry
Tattooed Asian Female Artistry
Hoang Nguyen Renders Badass Beautiful Women with Body Art
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92
Delicate Skeletal Necklaces
Delicate Skeletal Necklaces
Miyu Decay's Bat Skeleton Necklace is Eerie and Charming
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91
Painfully Pierced Watches
Painfully Pierced Watches
'iDermal' by Dave Hurban Uses a Lot of Bloody Effort to Strap on a Watch
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90
Fairytale-Inspired Shop Interiors
Fairytale-Inspired Shop Interiors
Betulla Store by Carola Vannini is Fit for a Princess
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89
Creepy Comic Illustrations
Creepy Comic Illustrations
Murray Somerville Renders Surreal Fantasy Drawings
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88
Pandemic-Fighting Backpacks
Pandemic-Fighting Backpacks
These Designers Against Aids 2012 Eastpak Bags are Quirky and Bold
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87
Pop-Out Plywood Bands
Pop-Out Plywood Bands
Les Ouvrieres Wooden Rings Come in Their Original Stenciled Panels
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86
Stunning Shoreline Fortresses
Stunning Shoreline Fortresses
The Beach House Q has Stress-Free Surroundings
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85
Inflatable Steel Furniture
Inflatable Steel Furniture
Zieta Prozessdesign Creations are Contemporarily Cartoonish
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84
Time-Teared Photos
Time-Teared Photos
Bobby Neel Adams Fuses the Old with the Young
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83
Tummy-Trimmed Paintings
Tummy-Trimmed Paintings
Venus by Anna Utopia Giordano Gives Classics a Makeover
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82
Honest Movie Posters
Honest Movie Posters
The 2012 Oscar-Nominated Film Illustrations Tell the Truth
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81
Faux Frosty Cakes
Faux Frosty Cakes
Bakerella's Snow Cone Cupcakes are Surprisingly Room Temperature
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80
Calligraphic Asian Artistry
Calligraphic Asian Artistry
Jungshan Paints Provacative Images with Stylishly Smeared Ink
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79
DIY Artistic Toddler Photography
DIY Artistic Toddler Photography
Japanese Mother Mami Koide Takes Creative Pics of Sleeping Baby
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78
Curvy Pristine Restaurants
Curvy Pristine Restaurants
Busride Design Studio Creates Interior for The Smokehouse Room
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77
Crumbled Concrete Lighting
Crumbled Concrete Lighting
The Minimalist 'Like Paper Lamp' Has Kinks and Crinkles
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76
Deluxe Domestic Playground Equipment
Deluxe Domestic Playground Equipment
Svvving Luxury Swings Bring Fun to Fancy Homes
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75
Horror Cartoon Mash-Ups
Horror Cartoon Mash-Ups
The Toy Shining Turns Toy Story's Woody into a Psycho
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74
Body Art Portrait Books
Body Art Portrait Books
London Tattoos by Alex Macnaughton Explores Unique UK Ink
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73
Evaporating Model Photography
Evaporating Model Photography
Smoke by Stefano Bonazzi is Half Human and Half Vapor
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72
Rustic Jar Lighting
Rustic Jar Lighting
Luke Lamp Co. Creates Light Fixtures That are Full of Character
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71
Side-Stacked Storage Systems
Side-Stacked Storage Systems
The Bookcase 45x Balances Impossibly from the Cubbies' Corners
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70
Seriously Studded iPhone Covers
Seriously Studded iPhone Covers
The Felony Case Gives Your Phone a Sharp Look
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69
Patterned Paper Necklaces
Patterned Paper Necklaces
The Logical Art 'Air Tattoos' are Delicate and Stylish
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68
Prismatic Paper Jewelry
Prismatic Paper Jewelry
Suite by Kirsten Hassenfeld Addresses Wealth and Luxury
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67
Haunting Hippie Portraits
Haunting Hippie Portraits
Dirk Kikstra Lenses Social Rebellion for the Ones2Watch
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66
Vertigo-Inducing Photography
Vertigo-Inducing Photography
Photographer Dennis Maitland Isn't Afraid of Heights
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65
Digitally Distorted Architecture
Digitally Distorted Architecture
A Wayward World of Surreal Structures by Philip Dujardin
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64
Beautifully Detailed Body Art
Beautifully Detailed Body Art
Pinpin Co. Paints Mesmerizing Murals on People's Skin
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63
Graphic Headphone Decals
Graphic Headphone Decals
The Beats by Dr. Dre Gelaskins Add Personality to Your Gear
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62
Disneyfied Movie Posters
Disneyfied Movie Posters
The Old Red Jalopy Presents Hollywood Movies with a Comic Touch
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61
Social Network Photo-Sharing Devices
Social Network Photo-Sharing Devices
The Instagram Socialmatic Camera is a Must-See Gadget
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60
Ethereal Pastel Ensembles
Ethereal Pastel Ensembles
The Elie Saab Spring 2012 Couture Collection is Perfect for Award Season
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59
Geometric Bicycle Brackets
Geometric Bicycle Brackets
The Bike Valet Embodies the Art of Efficient Apartment Storage
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58
Fierce Facial Jewelry Shots
Fierce Facial Jewelry Shots
The Givenchy Spring 2012 Couture Collection is Gothic-Chic
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57
Man-Made Waterfall Architecture
Man-Made Waterfall Architecture
The Shore Vista Boat Dock is Serenely Sweeping
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56
Wooden Retro Bicycles
Wooden Retro Bicycles
The Sman Cruiser Combines Creativity with Carpentry
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55
DIY Personified Popsicles
DIY Personified Popsicles
Zoku Makes Healthy (and Fun) Summer Treats Fast
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54
Customized Disney Princess Kicks
Customized Disney Princess Kicks
Etsy User 'Creativity in the Making' Hand Paints TOMS Shoes
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53
Building Block Cafes
Building Block Cafes
The Starbucks Amsterdam Rembrandtplein is Dynamically Designed
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52
Scrap Metal Monsters
Scrap Metal Monsters
Robert Jefferson Travis Pond Turns Old Parts into Bold Beasts
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51
Cellphone Plug Charms
Cellphone Plug Charms
The 'JasminTcreations' iPhone Earphone Plug Accessories are Adorable
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50
Kitty-Inspired Fonts
Kitty-Inspired Fonts
The Cats as Fonts Collection is a Feline-Packed Trip Through Writing Styles
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49
Blunt Designer Truths
Blunt Designer Truths
Anneke Short Uses Simple Prints to Set the Record Straight About Design
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48
Culture-Clashed Iconic Paintings
Culture-Clashed Iconic Paintings
Robert Brandenburg's Changes Will Make You Giggle
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47
Concealed Compartment Phone Covers
Concealed Compartment Phone Covers
The iLID MK-1 iPhone Wallet Declutters Your Pants Pockets
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46
Romancing Hipster Illustrations
Romancing Hipster Illustrations
Thomas Pitilli Renders Drawings of Lovey Dovey Pop Scenes
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45
Jagged Jet Fighter Cars
Jagged Jet Fighter Cars
The Ferruccio Lamborghini is the Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis Vehicle
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44
Innocuous Youth Illustrations
Innocuous Youth Illustrations
Ana Bagayan Paints Wide-Eyed Children in Dream-Like Depictions
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43
Imaginative Recreational Workspaces
Imaginative Recreational Workspaces
The LEGO Denmark Office Has a Slide and Building Stations
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42
Satirically Truthful Slogans
Satirically Truthful Slogans
The 'Honest Ads' by Matt Stevenson and Chelsea Fagan Read Our Minds
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41
Touchscreen Bracelets
Touchscreen Bracelets
F. Bertrand's Watch the Future is Like a Wearable Smartphone
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40
Luxury Floating Hotels
Luxury Floating Hotels
The M/V Aria Cruise Ship Travels Along the Amazon River
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39
Alien Amphibian Photography
Alien Amphibian Photography
Tauart Turns Women into Mythical Space Creatures
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38
Rustic Cavemen Hotels
Rustic Cavemen Hotels
The Caves of Civita Hotel in Sextantio Italy Offers Primitive Luxury
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37
Optical Illusion Movie Posters
Optical Illusion Movie Posters
Rowan Stocks Moore Takes a Different Look at Disney
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36
Pre-Made IKEA Abodes
Pre-Made IKEA Abodes
Aktiv Provides Users with a House From the Retail Giant
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35
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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34
Functional Origami-Like Furniture
Functional Origami-Like Furniture
The News Coffee Table by Boris Ignatov is Great for Saving Space
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33
Social Surrealist Illustrations
Social Surrealist Illustrations
Koren Shadmi Renders Technologically Critical Illustrations
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32
Galactic Androgynous Pantsuits
Galactic Androgynous Pantsuits
The Alexander McQueen Resort 2013 Collection is Boldly Tailored
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31
Expandable Furniture
Expandable Furniture
Reinier de Jong's REK Coffee Table Grows and Shrinks as Needed
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30
Macabre Princess Cartoons (UPDATE)
Macabre Princess Cartoons (UPDATE)
The Thomas Czarneck Photos Give a Twist to Fairytale Endings
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29
Interior Greenery Technology
Interior Greenery Technology
The E Home Concept Connects People with Nature Using Digital Tech
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28
Transformed Iconic Images
Transformed Iconic Images
These Historic Color Photos Get an Outstanding Makeover
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27
Cartoon-Inspired Smartphone Covers
Cartoon-Inspired Smartphone Covers
The Koneko Store Etsy iPhone Cases are Adorable and Colorful
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26
Magnificent Moat Mansions
Magnificent Moat Mansions
The Cadas Architecture Itaipava Residence is Lavish and Rustic
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25
Illuminated Public Sculptures
Illuminated Public Sculptures
The Luminous Field Installation Turns Cloud Gate into a Disco Ball
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24
Literature-Shingled Lamps
Literature-Shingled Lamps
The Zipper 8 Lighting Collection Covers Bulbs with Book Contents
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23
Piped Paperback Storage
Piped Paperback Storage
Industrial Bookshelves Bind Your Library into the Structure of Your Home
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22
Geometric Plane Tattoos
Geometric Plane Tattoos
Marie Kraus Makes Her Mark in the Inking World
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21
Personalized Pop-Up Phone Protectors
Personalized Pop-Up Phone Protectors
The ‘Polchemy 3D Printed iPhone Case’ Stands Out
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20
Shipping Container Workspaces
Shipping Container Workspaces
The Sugoroku Office by Daiken-Met Architects is Stacked Cargo Boxes
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19
Effortless Prefab Retreats
Effortless Prefab Retreats
The Coodo 'My Home' Residences Come Furnished and Poised for Placement
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18
Ombre Kicks
Ombre Kicks
Converse's New Dip-Dye Chuck Taylors are Colorful and Relaxed
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17
Adorably Brief Body Art
Adorably Brief Body Art
The Dottinghill Temporary Tattoos Feature Some Amazing Designs
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16
Eccentric Tetris-Style Sofas
Eccentric Tetris-Style Sofas
To Gather Presses the Piecing of Odd Modules Together
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15
Historical Hipster Portraits (UPDATE)
Historical Hipster Portraits (UPDATE)
These Fab Ciraolo Subjects Listen to Indie Bands
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14
Creativity-Charged Cafes
Creativity-Charged Cafes
BASE camp by Nest One is a Cutting-Edge Workspace
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13
Character Connection Cartoons
Character Connection Cartoons
'I Know That Feel Bro' Creates Bonds Between Pop Culture Figures
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12
Offensively Remixed Cartoons
Offensively Remixed Cartoons
'If Life Was Like a Disney Movie' by Jeff Wysaski is Hilarious
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11
Occult-Themed Tattoo Art
Occult-Themed Tattoo Art
Tom Gilmour Creates Symbolism-Inspired Body Ink
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10
Flora-Infused Female Paintings
Flora-Infused Female Paintings
Jennifer Healy Renders Women with Flowery and Fishy Anatomy
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9
Plywood Puzzle Furnishings
Plywood Puzzle Furnishings
The Coordinate Collection by Praktrik Features Modular Pieces
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8
Floral Purse Makeovers
Floral Purse Makeovers
The DIY Decoupage Bag by Honestly WTF is Dynamic
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7
Floating Balcony Pools
Floating Balcony Pools
The Aquaria Grande is Sculptural and Luxurious
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6
Flesh-Torn Tattoos
Flesh-Torn Tattoos
The Designs of Yomico Moreno are Incredibly Realistic
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5
DIY Paper Speakers
DIY Paper Speakers
The Plywood iVictrola Design for iPhones is a Fun Project
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4
Hipster Princess Depictions
Hipster Princess Depictions
The DeviantART User Viria13 'Fashion Princesses' are Rad Recreations
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3
Ombre-Shaded Chandeliers
Ombre-Shaded Chandeliers
This Hey Gorgeous DIY Project Will Add Subtle Color to Your Abode
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2
Wing-Widened Campers
Wing-Widened Campers
The Odorico Pordenone Caravan Expands to Offer Provide Spaciousness
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1
Optical Illusion Structures
Optical Illusion Structures
The Reframe Art Installation Features Multiple Perspectives
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