I spend a lot of time getting design inspiration from non-web sources. Things like architecture, furniture, every day object, and cars. I have noticed that rounded edges is disappearing and is being replaced by a more rough and edgy look.
Not only that, but there are also a distinct notion towards a "squinting look" (as if you almost close your eyes to see). It is slightly curved lines, and never in a straight direction. Subtle but strong color variations - and with metals and stone.
At the same time there is a tendency to embrace comfort from within. Hard aggressive on the outside, and soft and stress-free inside.
It is a mix of the aggressive look with a soft pillow. Hard but comfortable - like a Jaguar.
I think what we are seeing is change in the overall design direction. We might be looking at more rough/soft period, to replace the current rounded designs we are seeing now. I am not exactly sure how this is going to reflect on the web, but I definitely think that a change is coming soon (if not already underway).
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