Social Fabric Softeners

Yesterday saw the release of Digital Arts magazine’s December issue, whose cover story featured 14 designers politicking about design trends for 2008. I was able to bring a little color to the subject around distributed experiences, whether those be widget-based or more akin to Facebook’s apps model.

The Future Design 2008 article spans a number of genres and media, and tries to paint a picture of what issues designers are facing in these varied industries. I try to wax on a bit regarding the push to design every experience as if it could pick up, pack up, and head over to another site to hang out with users there; letting users grab content and take it where they will while continuing to interact with their social connections is quickly becoming the norm.

Widgets, widgets everywhere. That’s what 2008 seems to be looking like to me.