Five Design Trends
I may not be much of a designer (this site being case in point) but I still notice good design and certainly design trends. Back in June, Cameron Moll over at Authentic Boredom made some predictions. No predictions here, though. Just the facts, ma'am.
Let's get this party started. The first item on this short list is the vertical drop shadow. Despite Cameron's prediction that the horizontal drop shadow would become all the rage, it just hasn't come out of hiding, yet. The vertical one, however, is still just as popular as ever. Cameron's own site is a testament to that. Along with almost every recent blog site out there seems to sport this little touch. Check out All in the head, Andy Budd, Mike Davidson and Jogin.com if you don't believe me. Trust me, this list is huge! Kudos to YourTotalSite for putting a great twist on this by fading the drop shadow out. Nice touch!
Just as popular as the vertical drop shadow is the subtle gradient background Most popular in gray and blue tones, it can also be spotted in other sexy colours. Often seen in page backgrounds (ala Macromedia or A List Apart) it can also be seen in more minor elements such as the buckets on the current Nike Running site. I've seen this in numerous navigations, too, which I find so much more appealing than the old glassy Apple look of a couple years ago.
Patterns were seeing a bit of a comeback (see Cameron's site again or Nundroo) but textures add life and interest to the flatness of a solid colour or subtle gradient background. Take a gander at newezra.com or this Audi site for a sense of what I'm talking about. The diagonal line is the most popular implementation of texture but the worn look is mighty hot!
Next up is the inner drop shadow. This effect is unlikely to take off in any great sense but like all drop shadows, it aids in creating a sense of depth.
Last but not least is my current favourite: the sunray and its variant the starburst. After the subject came up on Authentic Boredom (I swear I'm not stalking him), I've noticed this everywhere. This is one of those treatments that will likely come and go fairly quickly but I'll enjoy it while it's here.
(The third screenshot is from the k10k site but for some reason, it's lost its starbursty-ness. Hop over to the site while it's still got the design element to see what I'm talking about)
I wonder what the next fad will be?