These are my thoughts on design trends and what will happen with them in the future. So here goes.
So it kinda starts here as trends go. Skeumorphism and all that follows was popular for a reason. It made the web feel handmade and immersive when done right. The sites that had good designers behind them were like works of art. And browsing them was such a nice experience. And then overkill. Glows, shadows, flash etc... It all started to kill performance. Loading a site that had over 10+ MB of PNG's and flash loading for those nice little details was slow and it started to feel sluggish. The speed of internet connections just wasn't up to the challenge. What now? Well here comes the flat train.
It started trickling down from good web designers/developers. Site speed and performance is a MASSIVE part of a high traffic website. So flat made that possible. A beautiful site with CSS and CSS only. CSS3 was a huge boost for this trend to start! No more flash, big files... Just CSS3 and you could make an amazing experience work with a couple lines of code. That's fast! A nicely done flat website can be under 200kb in assets and that's awesome for speed and performance!
What users expect
A fast website. Slow sites are out. This infographic by KISS metrics proves my point. Make your site fast and lean!
KISS Metrics Blog Post About Load Times
What comes next?
Internet speeds are improving and content is shifting to more immersive platforms. Mobile, tablets, and wearables are changing how we digest the web. I think skeumorphism will come back. Because if done right it can create an awesome visual experience with all it's bells and whistles. So yes, I can't wait for that day. When our bandwidth allows us to create interfaces out of this world. And I don't mean pretty PNG's and transitions. I mean the next era... When site experiences will be written in 3D game engines and will allow us to provide users with a fast and immersive experience like no other. I'm really excited about our industry's future. How about you?
Would love to hear your thoughts on what is going to be the next thing on the web!