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I like spotting the type of cutting edge trends that eventually become conventions and traditions.

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aliki
Jun. 30th, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC)
Such as? Give us an example!

Carol is amazing with spotting fashion trends before they hit magazines or stores. For example, she totally called "army tank tops" for women last summer, and this summer, it's all the craze. I've noticed she's done this for several things.. like two falls ago, she used a tie as a belt, and I saw later a couple people catching on.
pashmina
Jul. 1st, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
that's awesome!

I wasn't thinking about fashion since those are passing trends, and rarely become tradition/convention. I was thinking about trends in interaction design and behaviors.

Like tagging. As soon as I hooked onto it by way of Flickr and Del.icio.us, I knew immediately that tagging would become a new organizing principle used in design. Tagging is one of the major innovations Microsoft Windows Vista will be touting whenever they decide to release it.

Or in interface design, a recent trend has been to enlarge dialogue boxes for things like requests for passwords. Now instead of being proportionate to the rest of the screen, they take up almost a third to half of the screen. It follows my intuition of adding hierarchy of in sizing for passive vs. active and performing immediate tasks. I believe this design style will eventually become convention. We might see this type of design in maintstream stuff maybe 4 or 5 years from now.
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