Seven 3D design trends that point to the future of visual culture

Textures and materials

Another extremely widespread trend that we identified in our report is the popularity of virtual materials and fabrics. One of the most exciting aspects of working with 3D software, such as Substance 3D, is the pinpoint accuracy with which textures can be reproduced, from the imperfections of masonry to the smooth sheen of silk. Many designers run with this opportunity. If 3D design allows artists to reimagine the fabric of reality, nowhere is this truer than the fabric itself.

This trend has obvious roots in product design. Whether it’s a pine coffee table or a glass bottle, 3D is the ideal medium for modeling potential designs or experimenting with different materials in prototype form. Yet, just like with our Everyday Objects trend, what starts with simple and practical use can also provide leeway for surrealism.

For examples of how 3D designers use materials to alter our perception of reality, check out the work of Vincent Schwenk, who makes curtains dance and cushions walk, or Shane Fu, who places digital textures into environments. real.

These are just some of the trends described in our survey. To better understand these trends, and others leading the way, download and read the full report now, produced by It’s Nice That in collaboration with Adobe Substance 3D. We’ve taken a deep dive into these and other questions, along with an interview with 3D designer Christina Worner (founder of female-led 3D design studio Dada Projects) and the expertise of the Substance 3D team.

Briana R. Cross