OK, I know there is considerable debate about what constitutes ‘Web 2.0’ - and whether or not this comprises any of the visual styles and motifs, but leaving definitions aside for a moment, here’s what I want to talk about:
-There are certain visual style elements that are very, very common at the moment in web design, notably:
[li]rounded corners[/li][li]glassy buttons, icons and logos[/li][li]stripes[/li][li]rounded fonts[/li][li]lower case text logos (with spaces removed - word breaks indicated by colour change)[/li][li]Reflections[/li][li]That bloody star[/li][li]Wii-style homunculi that look like Lego people (can’t find a definitive example, sorry)[/li][/ul]
-As well as a particular, but hard to describe use of white space, and probably a load of other things I can’t think of right now.
Once again, I know there’s lots of debate about whether these things are part of ‘Web 2.0’ - but for the purposes of this thread, I don’t care - we’re talking about the visual stuff here.
So. This visual stuff is all pretty distinctive, and I think that means it will go out of fashion sometime. Question is; what next? Where can it go from here?