“What sorts of content trends in designs, topics or categories do you believe will emerge within the next 12 months?”
One of the design trends that my colleague (Alyssa Voegele) pointed out was this propensity toward “full-spectrum, nearly holographic color palettes and bold typography in graphic design with lots of depth.” I would also add to that a noticeable resurgence of the lens flare. Just take a look at a lot of the current show/movie posters like Flatliners, Orville, Flash, The Good Doctor, The Gifted, SWAT, John Wick 2, MacGyver, Supergirl, Legends, Mr. Robot, Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Thor: Ragnarok to name a few.
As far as categories and topics go, I would say that growth in user-generated content will continue. I am also sensing an increased demand for 4K content as the costs for 4K screens and devices become more and more comparable to their traditional HD counterparts.