Posted in Design by
Anthony Hortin

I was recently asked to submit my thoughts on what I think will be trending in the design community in 2010. It may sound far away, but we’re almost halfway through 2009 already.

The article (Part I) was written by Sneh Roy for inclusion in her LBOI Design blog on Little Box Of Ideas. You can read what I had to say below. For the full article and to read what other designers also had to say on the topic, jump on over to the article on LBOI’s Design Blog.

Recently I’ve seen an increase in the number of clean, uncluttered websites. I think this trend is going to continue into 2010 as people try to simplify their site designs. There’s a lot more emphasis now on site usability and creating sites that are minimalist in design and easy to navigate (perfect use of CSS and a grid based layout). More and more people are starting to realise now, how important it is for their ‘end user’ to be able to navigate around their site easily. The main focus of these types of design is to communicate with your target audience. Your audience is not interested in seeing how much imagery and flashy bells and whistles you can cram onto your web page. They’ve come to you for one reason, to find out what you can do for them. Having a site that is clean, uncluttered and usable allows you to put your content first and foremost, which in turn allows you to get your message across. Some visual examples of clean, uncluttered websites to support my theory are Digital Mash, Freshview and Brad Colbow.

Digital Mash

Digital Mash

Freshview

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Brad Colbow

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Sney Roy is an extremely talented designer operating out of Sydney, Australia. Sneh’s business, Little Box of Ideas, creates Logos, Web designs, Illustrations, Digital Art and Print Graphics. When she’s not designing, you’ll find her in the kitchen, cooking up a storm.

What are your thought’s on upcoming design trends? It doesn’t just have to be Web Design, it could be Print, Interactive Media or anything else. Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.