5 Overused and Abused design trends

UPDATED: These are a little outdated now, but this is still a good read on what the design trends were like back in 2011. I think the overuse of stock photography is still used on many web sites and content.

1) Reflective objects:

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2) Flourishes

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Yep, i used that one myself. It’s easy to create and it looks pretty slick. After a few of those however it starts to get old quick.

 

3) Overuse of stock photography

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I have nothing against stock photography, i think it’s great to use if you can’t go out and take pictures yourself. However most people make a mistake by making it look so obviously stock that your project screams “GENERIC” at the viewer

 

4) Torn or scruffy paper

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I see a huge amount of sites that have some sort of a torn paper or paper texture in the background. I guess its suppose to convey how artsy the site is or may old fashion? I am not sure. I never liked the paper design in a first place (Felix made his blog using that technique just to spite me)

 

5) Glossy buttons and navigation

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This is probably the most used thing out there. It does look fancy, it gives everything the whole “web 2.0” feel. It usually goes as a combination with reflective surfaces and flourishes .. yes it was cool a year ago, yes i did it too, and yes this needs to stop.

Think there is something else that’s overly used in design? Leave a comment.