2009 Design Trendspotter/Trendstopper

A New Year can mean a fresh start for some, leaving the bad behind. Why should the design world be any different? HOW e-newsletter readers weighed in via e-mail on what trends should stay or go. Read what they have to say, then add your own rants and praise to the HOW Forum.

What Design Trends Should Fade in 2009?

"One design trend that I think has fully run its course this year is the neon swoosh stroke, as utilized by Sprint.

"Successful at first, but now copied by so many others it is now overused. Goodbye neon."

Gary Holmes

"I have a wish to come. I wish that the macbookPro would incorporate a wacam tablet into the trackpad.

"Here’s to Christmas and the New Year."

Nicholas Postema

"Gotham needs to stop making a run to become the new Helvetica. Designers please use restraint; you are ruining this typeface.

"No more Bank Gothic in film trailers. It does not make the movie more adventurous, masculine or more enticing. It does always succeed in making previews more excruciating to sit through."

Forest Young, director of brand integration
Push, www.pushhere.com

"I am probably the zillionth to submit this, but reflections below images ala Apple Cover Flow must die! Along with the clear, rounded plastic iPhonesque icons.

"Like stairsteps in the 80s, it was an easy-to-execute visual crutch. Yes it makes flat pages seem dimensional. I am guilty of doing it for much of the past few years. Now, try something new!

"Thanks for letting me rant."

E. Wang
eye E design, www.coroflot.com/ewangdesign

What Trends from 2008 Should Stay Afloat for the New Year?

"In the field of graphic design where there is no license to practice and graphic designers are now more prevalent than automobiles, designers are exploring exciting ways to differentiate themselves from the laity—by creating unique tactile letterforms and spatial compositions.

"Emphasizing process as product, these tactile forms are a nice compliment to the current zeitgeist of ‘de-skilling’ or default design—using ubiquitous materials (e.g., cardboard, duct tape, markers) and typefaces (e.g., Times, Helvetica) to articulate a subtle and often ironic design gesture.

"I can appreciate this return to craft, with designers as cross-disciplinary auteurs who are now taking photography, setting lighting, crafting letterforms and original typography, and showing a sensitivity to site."

Forest Young, director of brand integration
Push, www.pushhere.com