Thoughts on design trends? Follow or avoid?

In the past few years (especially 2014) of looking at design blogs on Tumblr or browsing Behance, I've come across a lot of similarities between designs, aka "trends". And I think trends are driving a lot of the most celebrated design work of today.

You can look at for a good example of what I'm talking about.

Just a few of the most popular design trends:

- Letterspace: spacing out or throwing around the letters of a word within a design
- Hyphens: adding hyphens somewhat randomly to words
- Left, Right, Up, Down: placing words on the sides of the design, forcing people to read sideways
- IK (International Klein) Blue: the use of a bold saturated shade of blue
- Squiggles: using squiggly lines across the design -- this one seems like one of the oddest

Experimental sans serifs

Dear all,
There is a certain trend that I've noticed looking through design blogs, so called, experimental sans serifs. I noticed certain similarities in the glyphs of those typefaces and, although I can see some roots in scandinavian runes and art deco typography, I wonder where such distinct features that you can see in R's came from.
I would be grateful if anybody points my research in the right direction.

Typography trends for interactive media


Hello all:

I have been recently invited to join a panel discussion regarding typographic trends for web or interactive media. The discussion will center primarily around the aesthetics vs. the technical aspects of type. I'm hoping y'all can help me round up some examples and thoughts on what you're seeing as trends.

For example, in my daily perusing I have noticed that a lot of sites are using larger and larger type, often slab-serifs. There's also the ubiquitous Helvetica showing up on everything regardless of appropriateness, but that's a whole different topic.

Would love to hear your thoughts.