After the Jump: 2012 Design + Blog Trends (mp3)

by Grace Bonney

Yesterday was the final radio show of my 2012 season, and it’s been an amazing first year of hosting. I’ve learned so much and have had the pleasure of meeting and talking with so many people whom I’ve admired. For the final show, I thought it would be fitting to round up and review the top 10 design trends (and blogging trends) of 2012. From geodes and geometric patterns to inspirational quotation posters and a return to minimalism, Amy and I sat down to talk about all of it. We discussed what we thought inspired the trends, our favorite examples and whether the trends would continue and in what form.

After our design-trend talk, we dug a little deeper into the burgeoning ideas from this year’s blogging community, namely the trend of people expressing themselves visually rather than in written form. We also touched on the possible causes and effects of the blog world exploring the idea of being a bit more honest, transparent and realistic. It’s one of my favorite shows of the season, and it was fun to look back at the year this way. I hope you’ll enjoy the show. Feel free to add your own thoughts on this year’s trends (and any we missed) and what you hope to see in the coming year. I also wanted to say a special thank you to everyone who listened to this year’s show. When I first started doing podcasts back in 2006, I felt fortunate to have a few thousand listeners, and this year we had upwards of 1.6 million downloads for some of the shows. So thank you very, very much to everyone for listening and supporting the show. I’m excited to plan next season’s guests and themes and pick up after the holiday. xo, grace




Interviews: Todd Oldham, Of a Kind, Genevieve Gorder, Jason Goodman of Third Ward, Eric and Jonathan of The Brooklyn Flea, Meg Mateo Ilasco, Sibella Court, Tina Shoulders, Owyn Ruck, Illustrator GB Tran, Sarah Brysk Cohen, Lydia Marks, design critic Alexandra Lange, Lorena Siminovich, Ashley English, Todd Selby, Atlas ObscuraBellocq Tea, Jen Bekman

Business/Advice Episodes: Being Your Brand (the most downloaded episode this year), Top 10 Lessons I’ve Learned from D*S, Work Life Balance, Finding Your Voice, The Importance of Real Life Connections

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  • Just finished listening to the show. Great insights as usual. With blogging trends, I wish there was more interest in the diversity. I had to laugh when you mentioned the demographics of the early design blog universe vs. today. I’m not sure it’s changed that much, and that’s sad.

    For instance, there are a few of us gents out here, waving the banner for the design and handmaker community. We don’t get a lot of press, but it’s been nice to see a little bump in interest this year. I don’t think we should resort to tokenism, but it would be great to see bigger voices in the design community showcasing others who feature great content and who just happen to not fit the usual demographics.

    I can’t wait to see what you folks have in store for 2013. Thanks for a great year of podcasts!

  • This was great- I loved that you brought up that instead of talking about a discovered treasure people are more likely to pin it. And black- I desperately wanted to paint our kitchen table black last year and my husband said no, but he listened to the pod cast and is now considering it- and good for you to address the whole perfection vs.reality thing on blogs- I actually was talking back and agreeing as I listened- just wonderful and informative . Since I’m in the wedding biz I predict /hope we’re saying goodbye to the vintage/farm trend, I can’t look at another Mason jar in the face, along with old suitcases and typewriters. I predict less signage and props at weddings and more attention to florals .

  • So glad I have finally made time to listen to the program, so good, very interesting, and a lot to think about it, quite scary how things are developing so fast over the internet, pls pls dont come up with another social media thing or I would have to clone myself to cope with so much interaction…i still love blogs above anything else, hate Twitter, manage facebook just about it, can’t see the point of instagram and addicted to pinterest> About trends, well who really set or start them? media? designers? general public? all i know is when i design i follow my guts rarely think of trends as such. Well i better get off to bed busy with xmas orders….

  • That was so good. In an effort to let you know you’re appreciated and people do like to talk I thought I would leave a comment.

    I think that I haven’t been online as much. I have streamlined how I blog and participate in social media. Plus over the last couple of years I have developed great offline friendships with my blogger friends.

    I’m a designer, so I’m always going to love the visual, but in the end I think it’s about connecting to each other. I think we (as lazy monkeys) tend to do that in the easiest way possible. That’s why pinterest and instagram are so popular, it’s so damn easy.

    P.S. I hope the mineral trend stays. I also love the minimalism meets the 70’s. I’ve always been a bit boho. I also cracked up on the keep calm and carry on burn. I bought my poster from that bookstore in england too and I’ve had it up in my kitchen since 2006. It looks good, so I don’t want to get rid of it. Keep hoping it goes “classic” in some way.

  • Hi Grace, I’ve been wanting to say thank you for “after the jump” for a while. Since I work alone, it’s been a great treat to sometims have you and your guests keeping me company. Your questions lead the guests in interesting directions – and I appreciate this little hit of audio creativity. Thank you, and looking forward to your programs next year!

  • Hi Grace,
    After following the blog for ages, this was actually my first time listening to the podacast! It’s great. But– do you think it would be possible for you or one of your colleagues to upload descriptions of each episode (past and/or future) on iTunes? I know that I definitely pick and choose my listening choices based on episode descriptions. Thanks, and I look forward to listening to more episodes in the new year!

  • I second what Katy above wrote! Working these podcasts are a bright spot in my day. I also really liked the casual format of this one. It reminded me a bit of the Slate Culture Gabfest (another one of my favorites.) I felt like I was happily eavesdropping on a really good conversation between two interesting people.

    The point about people not talking anymore but rather communicating visually was an interesting one. I am an advid Pinterest and Instagram user, but I’m haunted by something I once read by the political writer and polemicist Chris Hedges. He pointed out that when a civilization is in decline it starts to abandon literacy and the written word and moves toward relying primarily on visual modes of communication. I’m not going to stop pinning or passively scrolling through my Instagram feed anytime soon, but I do notice my attention span for long form literature dwindling, and sometimes it worries me. Food for thought. Let’s see what next years trends bring.

    Looking forward to the 2013 season!

  • This was a particularly fun show. I expect this will be a regular topic for all year-end episodes.
    I’m sure you’ve been told a million times but if not, you should know that your podcast is image-less on my itunes and has been since the beginning. I imagine it is for many others as well? Particularly tragic given the nature of the show :) It’d be nice to see something other than the lame, gray podcast logo!

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