On this week’s #Mochat, we talked trends and styles. Not everyone necessarily likes to follow trends, but it’s important to know what they are. Working for clients, you will probably be asked to work in one of those styles. And if not, it’s still important to know where the industry is so you can jump ahead. It’s also good to understand that trends and styles run in cycles, much like any fashion. Knowing the past will help you shape the future, and make you a better designer overall.

Some of the more recent trends include: cell animation aesthetic, hand keyframing, low poly, pastels, and pretty much everything in “Shit Showreels Say”.

Read on for the full transcript from the chat to see more trends past and future, a philosophical discussion of GIFs, and some guesses on future trends.