Representation Matters: Allclusive Character Design
“Inclusive characters are not just a design choice; they’re a responsibility. They provide children with a window into the world, exposing them to diverse perspectives and experiences that they may not encounter in their everyday lives. By creating characters that reflect the full spectrum of human diversity, we can help foster a more compassionate and inclusive society.”
Eve Gardiner, Trend Forecaster
As explored in our Broadening the Narrative series, a rejection of traditional, social narratives is highlighting the need for greater design democracy and a better representation of marginalised groups and communities. This is essential for future character design development due to the powerful influence they have on the way children view themselves and others.
Introducing our ‘Allclusive Characters’ report series
The ‘Allclusive Characters’ report series, available on our Premium trend subscription My TrendBible, explores better representation for character design and narrative and spotlights key design opportunities to help brands convey this ‘allclusive‘ attitude.
Part 1: Allclusive Characters
Looking for experimental ways to depict a wider representation across body types, race, gender and disability as well as evolving family dynamics and relationships is crucial to connecting with Gen Alpha and Gen Z. This report demonstrates how designers must look beyond a ‘one size fits all’ approach to help children navigate and appreciate the nuances that make them unique.
Part 2: Representing Neurodiversity
In this second installment, we take a deep dive into the ever-evolving realm of neurodiversity representation in character design. As highlighted in our 2025 Macro Report, an increased understanding of neurodiversity and mental health allows children to begin to create a world where diverse ways of thinking are embraced, normalised and actively celebrated. Whilst there’s still a long way to go, conditions such as Autism, ADHD, and ADD, which were once misunderstood or overlooked, are beginning to find their rightful place within children’s literature, media and art.
Part 3: Coming Soon – Evolving Family Dynamics
A greater push for inclusion has prompted a radical rethink of family norms and social narratives. Coming soon to My TrendBible, this new report demonstrates the importance of looking for experimental ways to showcase evolving family dynamics and the unique people and perspectives within them. Whether this is capturing diverse family setups through multifaceted characters that defy stereotypical family roles or exploring clashing illustrative styles to emphasise unique personality traits.
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