Designing for the future: trends we need to consider now

We live in interesting times. This goes for technological development, societal currents, politics… more or less everything seems to be coming loose, floating weightlessly, hovering without any clear direction. Design is no exception to it. So, as curiously enough I was invited to participate in the Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader, I’ll use the chance to throw in my two cents. My bias is clear – I love paper, I love handmade things and I’m bored stiff with the current trendy web design. Luckily there seem to be promising times ahead.

It seems to me that there are three main design currents at the moment gathering strength.

First of them is the return of the handmade. The slick perfection of vector lines and the cold clinical minimalism are getting boring. We’ve seen them over and over again and now we want something real, warm and human. Imperfect even. So there’s an increasing amount of hand-drawn textures being used to make web design look like something hand-made, edges are left uneven, color overlaps unfixed, mistakes are made on purpose. Hand-made infographics are used to show statistics, hand-drawn illustrations and comics to humanize the legalese of official documents. Stop-motion and claymation have and will continue to have a steady niche.

Second is an increased focus on tactility. This one I’d predict mostly for books and stationery. As a paper-lover, I’m well aware there might be a degree of wishful thinking in it, but I believe that there’s a momentum to it. Paper goods will become even more luxurious and offer the buyers something that the web cannot – tactility. Printed books will start to regain their status as beautiful objects of desire and works of art, embellished by quality materials and luxury techniques like embossing. Steve Jobs understood this aspect well in his time, deliberately designing Apple products to be nice to touch and hold. However, this would apply for hardback special editions, not all books.  Popular paperbacks will probably still struggle against digital versions.

Third is a desire for authenticity that is starting to tear away at the superficial perfection of the modern web design. In a way it’s the underlying reason for the two previous ones. We want something raw, something real, unadorned. Thanks to the current canon of good web design and readily available templates most websites look interchangeable, more or less the same with the same stock photos, same layout, similar writing style. I believe that web design will see a phenomenon akin to Dogma movement in filmmaking, one that will concentrate on the pure essence of information and strip away everything besides bare necessities.


*As already noted above, this blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader.

How it all began

Found my old blog from 2011, only thanks to the fact that I had saved a link to it on So, as the questions I set out to ponder back then still interest me, I’ll reblog the existing posts to my current blog and hopefully continue.


The thought of writing a blog about digital history has been lurking in my mind for some time, however, procrastination got the best of me in terms of finally starting it. There was always something more urgent to do whenever I sat down to open WordPress and write the first post – mail to be answered, pictures to be reposted, news to be read, you name it.

Why did I decide to start a blog about digital history? The main reason actually dates back to Wikileaks and the CableGate. On January 8th, one of Denmark’s largest newspapers, Politiken, published an article about CableGate and added a link to a selection of cables that the readers could access. Reading this article made me think – this material would be gold for future historians. However, how could they actually find it? What are the chances that the link would still work in…

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