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The general principle: styles come in and out of fashion (sometimes due to technical limitations changing, often just because of whimseys of fashion). When a style goes out of fashion, it becomes associated with the era when it was in fashion, making things done in that style look of that era (therefore, dated). The halo effect of being in fashion can also ...


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It probably has to do with how we perceive our state of technology and major trends that drive our society. Does it make sense? Sometimes, I suppose ... Look at the evolution of the BP logo. Throughout the year an outline and colour was added. Today it resembles a yellow and green sunflower probably referring to the customer's desire to purchase more ...


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I would say that there are two main factors at play. 1. Perception of the technology to create the logo The logo that was possible in the 1920's compared to what became possible in the 80s, 90s, and today due to innovations in printing technology, digital tools, etc will influence what can be built and our subsequent perception. For example this black ...


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The Bell Logo looking "old" is an opinion that I don't think is universally shared. Many would call Saul Bass's work timeless. Yes, it is rooted in a particular era, but not overly so. One could take that Bell Logo and stick it in a book of 80's logos and it would fit just perfectly. One could upload it to Dribbble today and it'd fit right in. Why? Well, ...


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In the past, I've seen this effect used to enhance a feature of the image. The link you posted seems to be doing it needlessly. See http://demo.grandpixels.com/?theme=linguini The text on the main slider images really pops because the grid/dot style overlay darkens and blurs the image slightly, making the white text seem even more white and clear. The ...


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There are two separate trends involved. The first is the trend to have a simple site. If it's a brochure site, then it likely doesn't need four separate pages. One scrolling page is easier to use, navigate, and maintain. A lot of iPhone app sites use this model. As do a lot of small businesses. A lot of sites can benefit from this. The other trend is ...


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To be honest with you, I don't think there's an actual name for it, as it hasn't been separated into a design trend of it's own. However, looking at the photos you attached, I do notice something in particular: The futuristic design that uses white and black is usually very clean looking and give an impression of evolution. You see, we have to look at a ...


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It's easy to over-think design. The hilariously overwrought and over-intellectualized b***sh*t that was revealed when the new Pepsi logo went public (great article and the actual document here) gave rise to much rofling, deservedly so. It's a fine example of the "baloney baffles brains" approach to design. It produced a monstrosity, and I was not in the ...


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The problem with conventional wisdom is that it can blind you to its exceptions. A particular typeface becomes a cliche (which is what "overused" really means) through careless use and abuse. Like any cliche, though, it can still be used in an original and appropriate way to good effect and, like any cliche, it can also be a shorthand to communicate an ...


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As long as it's not Papyrus and you're not designing a movie poster with a big blue guy's face on it, I think you should go for it. Not everything has to have flair; sometimes it just has to work. (Frankly, the opposite problem annoys me more: I knew one designer who did everything in Helvetica Neue and Janson Text. That's it. Brochure, ad, banner ad, ...


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Your button styles are very old school. Try a CSS-only button to streamline maintenance for you and avoid unnecessary effects on the presentation side. The logo has an early Y2K clip art look to it. Unless you've put a lot of effort into branding it, I'd just drop the graphics and go with the type if you aren't going to pay a pro to draw up something ...


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Not sure if this is a good fit for SE, as it'd take a lot of work to make an exhaustive list, but I'll give it a go... Breakthroughs in web design (not sure these all fit your definition of 'design trend' but they certainly influence what was done visually.) (In very roughly chronological order...) the invention of the web (Tim Berners-Lee) Mosaic (first ...


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Stripes, stars (come to think of it, on Independence Day, a certain flag comes to mind), spots (e.g. polka dots) ... "Sensory Bias Theory" posits that ornamentation takes as its point of departure the way nervous systems are wired. The research usually focuses on animal courtship displays (peacock tails, bird songs, etc.), but much of it carries over to ...


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There are lots of great answers here but I'm an impatient person and I suspect there may be others like me. So, getting to the point ... It boils down to two main factors: Technology What means of production and distribution are expected, new, exciting, dominant, impactful, etc. There is a perceived temporal quality to the visual artifacts of those ...


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I can agree some logos look old AND / OR there are some logos or designs that you get tired of after some time, but my point here isn't to tear down on every logo out there. "I'd say sufficient brand presence can overcome the fashion effect" "I don't think “that looks so 70's”, I just think “that looks like the IBM logo”" "I don't associate it with any ...


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The pattern overlay is a useful design tool and it can serve a few purposes. As previously mentioned, it can help visually separate graphic elements on the page, but it also helps hide imperfections/jpeg compression artifacts in lower-res images that are being oversampled to fill an HD (1920 x 1080) display. I will sometimes use a pattern overlay to unify ...


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I think one of the best ideas behind a one-page site is that there's more of a narrative aspect to it. The best example I can think of is this page: An engagement/wedding invitation site. This is an incredible site, and it works for a lot of reasons, one being that everything flows so nicely together. It wouldn't have the same impact spread out over a set of ...


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There is an upside to this (only one I can think of!), which is that if you want to search using Ctrl+F, all the content is on one page so you can search the whole website at once (assuming the content is searchable). I think it partly stems from of the concept of "Don't make the user ask for more content — just give it to them". Like Google, Twitter, ...


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Do we lack creativity for similar generic (or focus drawing) background patterns or human psychology has bias against it? There's a difference between styles and trends. An appropriately applied style is always timeless, where as trends come and go. This is true with recent "trends" such as web 2.0, grunge, water color, and noised texture with ...


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After looking at the code on the website, there is a .png that is set to repeat over the image. The image can be found at: http://grandpixels.com/linguini/wp-content/themes/linguini1.7/images/bg-overlay-pattern.png Hope this helps...


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Meggs' History of Graphic Design is the one that we used in college and I go back to it more than any other textbook. It starts with hieroglyphics and cave paintings and goes all the way up to the modern times. It's a great resource for inspiration and knowledge...I can't recommend it enough! If cost is an issue, go back an edition and pick up a used copy.


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I would say old design methods/traits/trends/art are objectively inclusive and we cannot easily distinguish the good and bad between time periods. I suspect design is evolutionary and what takes place and drives the evolution is largely based on the human psyche and socioeconomic norms of that time. By this I mean, we as designers market conceptual idea's ...


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Actually, I don't think flat design necessarily means no gradients. DA mentioned it in a comment, iOS7 embraces some gradients and it's still considered flat: This is subtle affordance, and you can also find it for example in Gmail. Matthew Moore has a really nice article about it called 'Almost Flat Design'. For the most part, these interfaces stick ...


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I think in most cases with logo's familiarity breeds contempt. The more you look at something, the more you want a refresh. The very fact that we find very old things "cool", like the Mercedes, reinforces this as we are not used to seeing them every day. I didn't personally see the Bell logo as "old" as I am UK based and do not see it often.


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The third version is looking much better. Here's a few additional changes I would make. Drop the little flying arrows and dotted rules in the background. They're just a distraction from in an increasingly focused layout. Don't stretch the type in your buttons. Make up your mind in the top half of the page. You still have two competing blocks of info. ...


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You're basically asking how to design, which is an incredibly broad question. Basically, there are two types of people who design websites: Those who have an eye for design and can both notice what others are doing and come up with their own new styles. Those who design by following procedures they've been taught. Unfortunately, it looks like you are ...


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For text faces, it's not really a big deal. For display faces, it's less specifically a particular typeface and more of a certain style trend, of which the type plays a part. League Gothic is a great face, but also free, which adds another level of popularity. Free fonts can be as good as any commercial one, but odds are that they are in much more ...


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The effect actually comes from the earlier days of web-optimization. The dotted effect would be applied to images which were compressed so much that they began artifacting. The "dotted grid" would hide these artifacts and make the image seem less compressed. It then spread as a normal effect, and as Daniel says, it can make or break an image. If it's used ...


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Two words: User Experience. Basic portfolio sites shouldn't require a user to click to several pages to see what they have to offer if the content is simple and straight forward. Or more specifically, of the call to action is singular. When the goal of the site is: "hire me", the site can be counterproductive when it's sitemap is needlessly complex. EDIT: ...



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