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Top 100 Personal Customization Trends of 2012

From Fish Roe Fingernails to Sleek Puppy Suits

— January 20, 2013 — Art & Design
The past year's personal customization trends involve everything from patriotic manicures to DIY tea bag artwork. With so many ways to put a creative spin on traditional products, it's no wonder consumers are searching for ideas to help customize an old look.

The company PillowMob capitalized on the need for personal customization by offering customers cushions adorned with the face of friends or family. In terms of tech, many companies offered customized phone covers to help buyers differentiate their smartphones from those of the masses. From sci-fi protectors to cat-like covers, there were plenty of options to keep consumers feeling unique and individualistic.

Offering customers personal customization for various products allows them to feel connected to a brand, while still maintaining their individual personality. Check out the Trend Hunter Customization Trend Report for a more in-depth analysis on this topic.
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City Kid Living Portraits
City Kid Living Portraits
Stephanie Mill Captures the Canadian Youth Culture
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98
Vibrantly Virtual Tablet Textiles
Vibrantly Virtual Tablet Textiles
These iPad 'Retina' Wallpapers Are Psychedelic
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97
Culturally Urban Graffiti
Culturally Urban Graffiti
These INTI Street Art Murals Fuse Contemporary Concepts and Tradition
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96
Aquatic Athleticism Art
Aquatic Athleticism Art
The Mark Tipple ‘Underwater Project' Shows Submerged Sports
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95
Graphic Parisian Lodging
Graphic Parisian Lodging
Hotel Du Ministere Full of French Fashion and Warmth
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94
Personality Filled Facades
Personality Filled Facades
These Living Walls by Nikita Nomerz Give Life to Decaying Structures
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93
Ever-Changing Disk Timepieces
Ever-Changing Disk Timepieces
The Nendo 'Dark Noon' Watches Alter as Time Passes
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92
Kaleidoscopic Statement Accessories
Kaleidoscopic Statement Accessories
Etsy Seller Element83 Creates Iridescent Bismuth Jewelry
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91
Fantasy Game Crochet Totes
Fantasy Game Crochet Totes
The Zelda Bomb Bag and 3 Blue Bombs are Perfect for Geeky Friends
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90
Minimalistic All-White Planters
Minimalistic All-White Planters
'224porcelain Pottery' is an Adorable Alternative for Home Plants
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89
Pin-up Calendar Sweets
Pin-up Calendar Sweets
'Chocolates with Attitude' by Brandhouse Feature Delicious Illustrastions
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88
Mouthwatering Sweet Illustrations
Mouthwatering Sweet Illustrations
The Luigi Benedicenti Photorealist Dessert Paintings are Divine
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87
Custom Critter Costumes
Custom Critter Costumes
The Wild Things Dresses are Perfect for Halloween
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86
Handmade Home Town Posters
Handmade Home Town Posters
The City Prints by Jason Haynes Boast Your City Pride
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85
Fictional TV-Inspired Maps
Fictional TV-Inspired Maps
The 'Geography of Lost' Chart Outlines Fabricated On-Screen Locations
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84
Photo Frame Furnishings
Photo Frame Furnishings
HillsideOut's 'Slide Furniture' Series Makes Your Bookcase Memorable
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83
Skeletal Book Contraptions
Skeletal Book Contraptions
The Maskull Lasserre Incarnate Sculpture Transforms Textbooks
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82
Constellation-Clad Condos
Constellation-Clad Condos
The Buensalido Architects Townhouse is Playful and Festive
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81
Recycled Window Pavilions
Recycled Window Pavilions
The Rake Showroom is Designed With Sustainability in Mind
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80
Sci-Fi Figurine Photography
Sci-Fi Figurine Photography
David Egen Recreates Iconic Photographs with Star Wars Toys
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79
Board Game Pillows
Board Game Pillows
The 'Personalized World' SCRABBLE Pillows are Customizable
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78
Proud Americana Nail Makeovers
Proud Americana Nail Makeovers
The Beauty Department 'Festive Fourth' Manicure is Patriotic
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77
Starry Space Scarves
Starry Space Scarves
Etsy Shop Shadowplaynyc Creates Galaxy-Inspired Accessories
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76
Trippy Techicolored Portraits
Trippy Techicolored Portraits
These Pery Burge Photographs are Psychedelic
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75
Rolling Rooftop Abodes
Rolling Rooftop Abodes
The Carver + Schicketanz Dani Ridge House is Curvaceous
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74
Sunny Graffiti Furniture
Sunny Graffiti Furniture
Jthree Concepts Pairs With Post Living to Create Badass Bedside Tables
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73
DIY Sci-Fi Drink Coolers
DIY Sci-Fi Drink Coolers
The R2D2 Beverage Dispenser Quenches Your Star Wars Thirst
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72
Majestic Paper Sculptures
Majestic Paper Sculptures
Peter Gentenaar's Delicate Creations Float Inside a Church
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71
Personalized Visage Cushions (UPDATE)
Personalized Visage Cushions (UPDATE)
The ‘PillowMob' Pillows Put Your Face on a Plush
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70
Smart Travel Containers
Smart Travel Containers
The 'Gunny Sack' Mason Jar Confections are On-the-Go Perfection
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69
Humane Antler Adornments
Humane Antler Adornments
The Faux Head Mount is Animal-Chic and Doesn't Harm Any Species
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68
High-Fashion Cinderella Slippers
High-Fashion Cinderella Slippers
The Marc Jacobs ‘Transparent Pump' is Enchanting
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67
DIY Customized Pillow Designs
DIY Customized Pillow Designs
The Brit & Co. Colored Cushion Project is Easy to Do
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66
Charming Campfire Treat Trinkets
Charming Campfire Treat Trinkets
These S’mores Buddies Best Friends Necklaces are Charming
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65
Retro Model Collages
Retro Model Collages
Sammy Slabbinck Reworks Vintage Photographs into Surreal Imagery
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64
Bizarre Everyday Object Creations
Bizarre Everyday Object Creations
The Sculptures by Adam Niklewicz Turn Mundanity into Surrealism
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63
Urban Mountainside Mansions
Urban Mountainside Mansions
The Spa House in Cape Town Fuses the City with Nature
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62
Fashionable Newspaper Collages
Fashionable Newspaper Collages
These Arian Behzadi Portraits are Retro-Inspired
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61
Clever Couple Coffee Cups
Clever Couple Coffee Cups
The Wandersketch Vintage Mugs are Modernly Fantastic
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60
Oversized Origami Blankets
Oversized Origami Blankets
The Eva Black 'Folded' Sheet Triangulates Recycled Stationery
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59
Couture Toy Robots
Couture Toy Robots
The Gundam Astray Model Features Louis Vuitton Emblems
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58
Drinking Glass Sculptures
Drinking Glass Sculptures
'Public Swimming Pool on a Background of a Field of Barley' Installation
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57
Reinterpreted Nostalgic Tablets
Reinterpreted Nostalgic Tablets
The Chalkboard Pad is a Throwback to Simpler Times
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56
Fantastical Wildlife Fauxidermy (UPDATE)
Fantastical Wildlife Fauxidermy (UPDATE)
Rachel Denny ‘Works of Nature' Combines Domes
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55
Reassembled Sport Deck Models
Reassembled Sport Deck Models
Deconstructed Skateboard Sculptures Encourages a Fresh Look
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54
Kitschy Date-Keeping Clutches
Kitschy Date-Keeping Clutches
The Vintage Calendar Purses are Adorably Homey
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53
Girly Cult Photography
Girly Cult Photography
Michal Pudelka Photography Makes a Stance & Attatches Girls at the Hip
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52
Miniature Garden Fingernails
Miniature Garden Fingernails
The Alice Barlett 'Manicured Lawns' Series is Seriously Cute
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51
Rainbow Shoe Sculptures
Rainbow Shoe Sculptures
The Breuninger Store Installation by John Breed is Vibrantly Fun
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50
Smeared Aerial Photography
Smeared Aerial Photography
Matt Molloy’s Sky Photography Shows Beauty Through Haziness
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49
Spooky Holiday Door Decorations
Spooky Holiday Door Decorations
The Red Robyn Lane Halloween Wreath Collection is Festive
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48
Bolster-Bordered Seating
Bolster-Bordered Seating
The Saba Italia Settanta Collection is Composed of Convertible Pillows
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47
Suspended Cubby Storage Systems
Suspended Cubby Storage Systems
The Conoscenti Shelving Unit Can Have its Boxes Reconfigured
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46
Hovering Civilian Cyclists
Hovering Civilian Cyclists
Floating Bike Photography by Zhao Huasen is Created Through Photoshop
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45
Matte Carbon Motorbikes
Matte Carbon Motorbikes
The Bandit9 'Nero' Motorcycle is Dangerously Dark
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44
Eerie Doll Displays
Eerie Doll Displays
The Popovy 'Chevaliere' Collection is a Haunting Fashion Display
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43
Pixelated Gamer Artwork
Pixelated Gamer Artwork
The Video Game Crafts by Winwolfz are 8-Bit Beauties
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42
Tea Bag Installations
Tea Bag Installations
Hollywood Rolling Greens Hangs 3000 Pieces
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41
Glowing Electric Sneakers
Glowing Electric Sneakers
The Neon Converses from Etsy Will Light up the Night Sky
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40
Storefront Story Romances
Storefront Story Romances
The Hugo Boss Storybook Window Display Tells a Charming Tale
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39
Fish Roe Fingernails
Fish Roe Fingernails
The Ciaté ‘Caviar Manicure' is a Delectible Masterpiece
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38
Baby Breakfast Costumes
Baby Breakfast Costumes
TheCostumeCafe Egg with Bacon Ensemble is Adorable
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37
Sleek Puppy Suits
Sleek Puppy Suits
Luxirare Created a Custom Adidas Jumpsuit for Pet Rocky
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36
Chromatic Couture Collages
Chromatic Couture Collages
Fashion Illustrator Mustafa Soydan Creates Beautiful Model Depictions
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35
Supercar-Inspired ATVs
Supercar-Inspired ATVs
Get Low in Style with the Lazareth Wazuma Vehicle
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34
Sci-Fi Device Protectors
Sci-Fi Device Protectors
The Star Wars Phone Cozy by Life Geekery is Nerdy
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33
Pandemic-Fighting Backpacks
Pandemic-Fighting Backpacks
These Designers Against Aids 2012 Eastpak Bags are Quirky and Bold
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32
Mutilated Toy Models
Mutilated Toy Models
Melting Plastic Sculptures Heat up the 'Sustainable Trash' Exhibition
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31
Ferocious Stationery Carriers
Ferocious Stationery Carriers
This Shark Pencil Case by Minne Bites Devours Writing Tools
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30
Nerdy Newborn Ensembles
Nerdy Newborn Ensembles
Give Your Kid a Geeky Look with This R2d2 Toddler Costume
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29
Slick Sneaker-Inspired Caps
Slick Sneaker-Inspired Caps
VLACED Streetwear Creates Stylish Hybrid Headwear
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28
Outdoor Suspended Sleeping
Outdoor Suspended Sleeping
The Tentsile Provides Above Ground Shelter for Campers
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27
Bejeweled Jean Collars
Bejeweled Jean Collars
Honestly WTF Creates a Thrifty DIY Embellished Denim Shirt
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26
Fascinating Food Artography
Fascinating Food Artography
Everyday Object Art by Kevin Van Aelst Makes Mundane Objects Awesome
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25
Patterned Paper Necklaces
Patterned Paper Necklaces
The Logical Art 'Air Tattoos' are Delicate and Stylish
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24
Expressive Pop Art Covers
Expressive Pop Art Covers
These Hattie Stewart Magazine Illustrations Dare to Stand Out
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23
DIY Eco Chandeliers
DIY Eco Chandeliers
The Oh Happy Day Water Bottle Chandelier is Affordable and Cute
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22
Graphic Headphone Decals
Graphic Headphone Decals
The Beats by Dr. Dre Gelaskins Add Personality to Your Gear
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21
Dream-like Bohemian Photography
Dream-like Bohemian Photography
The Joel Sossa Photography Captures Youth in Mystifying Snapshots
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20
Adorable LEGO Accessories
Adorable LEGO Accessories
The Cutebricks LEGO Jewels are a Building Block Dream
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19
Chalkboard Brew Bags
Chalkboard Brew Bags
Delilah DIY Hamper Packaging Lets Retailers and Customers Get Creative
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18
Cellphone Plug Charms
Cellphone Plug Charms
The 'JasminTcreations' iPhone Earphone Plug Accessories are Adorable
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17
Faux Candy Bar Shops
Faux Candy Bar Shops
The 100 Percent Chocolate Cafe Will Make Your Mouth Water
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16
Eclectic Industrial Eateries
Eclectic Industrial Eateries
The Amerikka Design Office Chico’s Restaurant is Bold
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15
Chalk Dancing
Chalk Dancing
The 'Power Dance' Series by Geraldine Lamanna is Full of Movement
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14
Traditional Pizzeria Foodtrucks
Traditional Pizzeria Foodtrucks
Jon Darsky Del Popolo Delivers Pizza to the San Francisco Area
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13
Hidden Router Tutorials
Hidden Router Tutorials
The Anamu Book Cover DIY is Simply Brilliant
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12
DIY Superhero Kicks
DIY Superhero Kicks
The Easy Comic Book Heels are Crafty
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11
Piped Paperback Storage
Piped Paperback Storage
Industrial Bookshelves Bind Your Library into the Structure of Your Home
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10
Cut Out Cardboard Lamps
Cut Out Cardboard Lamps
The Jesse Harrington Au Light is Made of a Single Sheet of Paper
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9
Ethereal Art Installations
Ethereal Art Installations
The Reverse of Volume RG by Yasuaki Onishi is Organic in Form
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8
DIY Erasable Wall Decor
DIY Erasable Wall Decor
The How to Mix Chalkboard Paint Tutorial is Easy and Awesome
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7
Card-Holding Phone Cases
Card-Holding Phone Cases
Patent Pending KILLSPENCER Pocket Card Carrier Consolidates it All
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6
Noncommittal Bed Decor
Noncommittal Bed Decor
The Bilk Decal Headboards are Temporary and Chic
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5
Spectacularly Asymmetric Cottages
Spectacularly Asymmetric Cottages
The 'Wintergreen' by Balance Associates Architects is Gorgeous
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4
Brilliant Book Collages
Brilliant Book Collages
The Parallèle Exhibition by Erwan Soyer Features Alluring Artwork
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3
Minimal Material Footwear
Minimal Material Footwear
The Lasso Slippers are Made Using a Single Piece of Felt
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2
Exploding Pregnancy Photography
Exploding Pregnancy Photography
Patrice Laroche and Sandra Denis Explain Birth Through Humor
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1
Race Re-imagined Damsels
Race Re-imagined Damsels
Racially Altered Disney Princesses Touch on Feminist Issues
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