As with any business, to stay relevant and on top of your game in the animation industry, it is essential to keep up with the latest and upcoming animation trends.
There are probably more not included in this list, but starting out, here are 8 new animation trends you can try:
1. Morphing Animation
As implied by the name, morphing animation is a special effect involving seamless transitions. Shapes, textures, cityscapes, and characters transform and change, allowing the audience to guess what's coming next.
2. Liquid Motion Animation
This animation trend creates movement that ebbs and flows akin to that of water. Reminiscent of the psychedelic art of the 1960s, liquid motion animation combines swirly typography with liquid graphics to produce a modern twist.
3. Kinetic Typography Animation
While static text can easily be overlooked, kinetic typography animation augments, compliments, and even transforms the meaning of the text, begging for it to be noticed.
4. Thin Line / Minimalism / Liner Animation
Thin line animation is practical in its simplicity that it can engage the viewer by drawing attention to the most significant graphics, guiding the eye, and defining specific objects.
5. Mixing 2D & 3D Animation
Mixing 2D and 3D animation adds another dimension to video animation and is used broadly from big-budget advertisements to small-scale digital ads on social media.
6. Restricted Color Palette Animation
Restricted color palette animation involves visual storytelling using limited primary colors as opposed to vibrant palettes with many semitones. It is appealing in its simplicity, echoing the sentiments of minimalism revered in the contemporary space.
7. Virtual Reality Animation
With VR animation you are now able to focus on superior quality surreal effects with no limit to creativity. According to many trend predictors, VR is one of the animation trends at the forefront of the industry's future.
8. Retro Animation / Grain & Texture
Retro animation, with its attention-grabbing visuals and nostalgic ambiance, helps brands stand out and portray an identity steeped in tradition, homemade quality, and creativity.