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    What are some of the latest design trends you fellow SitePointers see in the graphic design world? (On print and the web)
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    setting table borders to 5....that's one that I have been using since HTML 2.0...it will never go out of style...
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    I can't say what I have seen necessarily, but I know that I like squared off sites. Sites that have clearly defined straight edges.

    I also like sites that use shades of grey as a primary or accent color.

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    Trends in graphic design? Gee, that's a hard question. I'd have to say just people making more graphic intense sites. Ones where they even make the content text into graphics. Looks good, but it'll due a job on your 56k modem...

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    I'd have to say rounded corners for one - those are really big now, and for good reason: they give things a nice sleek look.

    Other than that, I think we've got too much "junk" - IE: a wavey looking thing next to some text for a logo. Don't get me wrong: I'd say there are more cool uses of weird stuff like this, but there are still some odd ones.

    I think people should use more little icons - I love little colored icons made from dingbats!

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    How do you guys feel on incorporating the "barcode" style into a design? Do you think it's played out?
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    reflected in my post above, I like straight edges. If it was done well, then that would most definately extend to bar code designs.
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    I havn't seen that much, if at all - for a site or section of a site involving shopping, I think it would be a nice tough. In fact, there's a font/dingbat available that produces barcode symbols.

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    I'm not quite sure what this barcode design is! Any examples?

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    I've noticed that, since I came on the 'Net anyway, many more sites are using color now.

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    Major news sites are increasingly trying to provide links to every page on their site on their main page. Instead of clicking to a page on one category and finding a more specific page from there, they are doing it all from the main page, resulting in an overwhelming, cluttered mess.

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk
    is a little bit like that but I think that site really works. I visit every day!

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    Like TWTCommish, I've noticed a lot of swooshes in logos, too. And after seeing this site by 37signals, it started driving me crazy.
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    Uh, I don't remember mentioning swooshes. I do agree though - myself and Eric Radtke use them for the http://www.DomainMailings.com logo - what the heck, they look cool!

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    I'm a Swoosher... wouldn't you like to be a Swoosher too?

    *she types, as she realizes that many here aren't old enough to remember the Dr. Pepper commercials from the '70s*

    I'm noticing more of a sharper, cleaner look. Not so many bevels and textures and drop shadows. And lots and lots of blue.
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    Sorry TWTCommish, I thought by "wavy thing" next to text you meant a swoosh.

    Wow, I like typing the word swoosh. Swoosh.
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    I remember Lorina...I am more than old enough...29
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    What about all this stuf Jacob Neilsen (and others) are spreading about how graphics are bad and flash is inherently unsuable and all that? Do you think that some sites are actually drifting away from using a lot of graphics?
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    Originally posted by Megs
    What about all this stuf Jacob Neilsen (and others) are spreading about how graphics are bad and flash is inherently unsuable and all that? Do you think that some sites are actually drifting away from using a lot of graphics?
    Too much of a good thing is bad. There has to be a balance. The web is a mixture of lots of different mediums. But many it is made up of the glitz and glamour of television combined with the information capabilities of magazines and other printed materials.

    Jacob Neilsen's observations were on target and much of what he says can still be applied today, but you also have to account for technological progress.

    From an Accessibility standpoint, Flash is inherently unusable. Many will never be capable of seeing or hearing a flash document. This doesn't mean don't use it, it just means plan for alternatives. There is no way with modern technology that the experience can be made the same for people with disabilities but they shouldn't be excluded from it.

    If you are developing a gaming site, then the use of heavy graphics and flash is almost required. Games are meant to push the envelope.

    If you are developing a literature site, these elements will not necessarily be appropriate.
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    Maybe he WAS on target (I can't say with any certainty right now), but heck, seeing as how his ideas are unacceptable now, that doesn't mean much.

    Some advice is and always will be good, but plenty of it needs the proper context, and his advice of using text for a logo and virtually no graphics is absurd.

    I have no idea why people get so ticked off when I say these things. I don't believe any of the people who become upset over this have sites that adhere to his far-out guidelines.

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    minimalism.



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    seriously, though, minimalism is starting to abound. IHMO, the reason is that in the early days of the web, the technology really only supported text. Then as it has evolved, graphics and colour has (obviously) become much more prevelant.

    But now, sites are pushing the envelope, trying to jam in as much information as posisble on one page, leading to a lot of information overload. And cluttered pages.

    So minimalism fixes that overload syndrome - only include what is absolutley required. But it will only be around until high nadwidth connections are the norm. Then video, Flash, and whatever else will be the trend, as they are just starting to be now. But it'll be a while before they take hold.

    I see minimalism mostly in print, though. Look at any men's/women's magazine, and the ads are mostly a picture with a couple words. Posters and flyers are pictures with a couple huge words to get attention, then the details in much smaller print for those who want to dig deeper.

    What people seem to be asking is, "How can we present as little information as possible to get people interested?" We know people's attention spans are getting ever shorter, so we need the best hook we can make, and only provide details to those who want them.

    It's all about choice, really. That's the biggest design trend - choice. Even if it's not immediately obvious in each web page or print page.

    Ok, my ramblings are over for now.

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    I totally agree with your minimalism concept. I find myself keeping things to a minumum doing flyer ads.
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