Over at fortytwomedia, Web Design Predictions for 2005. Summary: Retro looks are out, wicked worn is in. Multi-faceted categorization will get bigger (e.g. adding a piece of content to multiple categories or views; a no-brainer for bloggers, but surprisingly few commercial sites do this). “Table-using designers increasingly seen as belonging to a lower caste.” Pure red falls into disfavor (thank gawd!) “Web-safe palette is at last widely understood to be obsolete.” Chronological info display popularized by weblogs is downplayed (this is an issue we face continuously with serial publishing – the necessity of a CMS to place the most important — rather than the newest — story at the top; MT requires awkward workarounds to accomplish this).
And the big news for the J-School: We’ve gone so long between redesigns that brown is back in vogue!