Since the flat design became a trend it's great to see the evolution of the style but it's also visible that not much has changed besides hard shadows becoming a bit softer.
Every new year we get to see articles reviewing the year that has gone and predictions for the one that has just started. As designers, we wonder what will change and what will be the new trends in graphic design, web design, or simply in design in general.
As designers we must be aware of what is happening in our industry, in this case, the trends that will be followed... not simply to be another adopter of them in our designs but also, to allow us to try different things. Not that I think it’s wrong to follow tendencies, it’s the opposite, I believe they are great tools for us to create something good and modern.
Adhemas Batista design for Digital Arts Magazine, January 2009
However, most of the trends tend to get overused and saturated, and that can be hazardous to our work. There is a nice article on David Airey’s blog called “Do you follow logo design trends” where he says:
"It’s easy to say, “I don’t follow trends”, but with so many internal and external influences surrounding us, how can we honestly say we’re not affected by what others are doing"
Another great article is from Smashing Magazine called “Don’t follow trends, set them!” where they show us the importance of creating something unique and fresh and not simply following the next hot trends.
In my opinion, as designers, we have to use all tools available to deliver the best product to the target audience. That means, if our audience expects something trendy we must do that. The point is that we don’t have to create something following styles just for the sake of the trends. Besides, I think there are “trends” that seem to last forever, like simplicity for example, at least Apple has shown us in their product design for over a decade already.
Apple new Macbook Pro 17, January 2009
Also, I'd like to hear your opinion on this. I think the best way to evolve is sharing our experiences, and that's why I've questioned on twitter about what would be the new design trends. The comments were great and very useful as you can see below. And of course, leave us a comment telling us what do you think will be the new trends and whether it's important to follow them or not.
Web Design Trends for 2009
1960's Style and Blue as the New Green - http://www.thestate.com/living/story/634577.html
Logo Design from Logoorange - http://www.logoorange.com/logo-design-09.php
Psychedelic Pop Backgrounds
80's Geometry Lesson
Top 2009 Marketing Trends - http://tinyurl.com/6t4vaw
Twice as many marketers (as compared to last year’s survey) are sick of buzzwords “Web 2.0”, “blogs”, “social networking”. But while that is, they admit still knowing little, or not enough, about them. This was evident in the results of a MENG social media study released on November 6, 2008, showing 67% of executive marketers consider themselves beginners when it comes to using social media for marketing purposes.
Comments via Twitter (http://twitter.com/abduzeedo)
I would like to see more era-specific retro designs...40's, 50's, 60's...Minimal design schemes will be more prevalent in 2009!
I think You're correct. I think navigation will be larger to accompdate more mobile devices too.
not sure, guess its per-website-basis. funny tho they are saying "year of netbook" so...I prefer desktops personally about 18 hours ago from Netvibes in reply to abduzeedo
Shitty economy will lead to minimal, clean, simple color combos that make definite statements. Lots of greens, beiges
This is what I think - Magazine layouts will be another big trend http://is.gd/eGvJ
I think tightly tracked text settings will pop up more in the states/western europe ... borrow a trend from our friends south :)
as far as the web, I'd continue to think Motion and Video will prevail
clean and aesthetic style on brand, this Asian eye candy illustrations that all look the same and overshadows brands will passoff
Edges will make a comeback, I think rounded corners will be on their way out
Simplicity, white and video oriented interfaces