There is an old saying that says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But what if I want him to stop doing the tricks he knows?
I came across an interesting article the other day that talks about stopping old design tricks that have passed their prime. The article is titled “5 Formerly Cool Design Trends That Aren’t Cool Anymore (So Stop Using Them).”
Reading this article and applying the principles therein will give your designs a shot in the arm and bring them up to speed with current trends. There is a time and place for all styles and techniques but in general, some things just need to be left in the past, as they don’t fit as well into the current culture. They may come back around some day (oh when will slap bracelets be cool again!?), so don’t forget them entirely. But for now they should be boxed up and put in the garage or attic next to your Skip-It and Beanie Baby collection.