The most notable change in design throughout the past decade has to be the rise of flat design, and consequent fall of skeuomorphism.
Anyone who is keeping up to date with the latest design trends will notice that minimalism is in, especially in digital design.
Who better to set the trend than apple! – ios updates are the perfect example of this transition away from realism and detail. Just looking at the app logos and calculator display shown below you can notice the difference instantaneously, and naturally we prefer the updated versions.
I think one reason for this change, other than the general desire for designs to look more ‘clean’ and ‘minimal’, is that consumers have been using technology for long enough now for realism to no longer be as necessary (we don’t need a detailed illustration of a Canon to know how to access our camera).
Flat icons are seen everywhere nowadays and look pretty sharp. They have scrapped the shadows, highlights and fine lines and moved towards bold and simple.
I will be doing lots more research into the subject area as I approach my dissertation because it is one of the biggest things to happen to design and I am fascinated by this search for simplicity.
I am doubtful that skeuomorphism will die eternally but it is definitely being overshadowed by flat designs at the moment.