ASK DN: Anyone tired of seeing long shadows?

over 9 years ago from Casey Cavanagh, product designer at capital one

  • John LockeJohn Locke, over 9 years ago

    It would be beyond awesome if designers on Dribbble as a whole would just do things that they thought were good, and not worry about what other people think this week. I loved Dribbble when it was still about "show us what you're working on", as opposed to now, where it is "Here's my finished portfolio upvote me".

    Long shadows is just one more trope on Dribbble in an endless sea of tropes (flat design, let's remake , "redesigning" social icons). It seems like this trend just started a few weeks ago, so the oversaturation has just begun.

    I really like the show cards on 5 by 5, and those are most definitely long shadows in each of those.

    My conclusion is we need to stop doing shit just to impress other people in our design bubble, that's not what design is. The rest of the world are the people whose opinions really matter, unless your product is aimed only at people in the web industry.

    Trends will always exist. You're powerless to stop them. Do what you feel works, don't worry about what the rest of the industry is doing this week, because if you wait for a few months or a year, it will completely change again.

    4 points
    • Jonathan YapJonathan Yap, over 9 years ago

      Mate, I completely agree with you. It feels like design is such a trendy thing now that people hop on to impress and show off what they would call unique interpretation of _________ (insert design trend/app) looks like.

      Its very tiresome to see people making trendy things, which in turn influence so many decisions in the market where clients will just want their next solution incorporating trends. Especially with the exposure they can get in dribbble. I think we have the responsibility to spot them early on and educate clients about it. Get back to solving problems, not just thinking about being the cool kid on the block.

      1 point