Benjamin Sutherland, Co-Founder and CEO of Present Creative, took to the stage at Pocket Gamer Connects San Francisco 2015 to give a talk on how technology affects design trends.
He began by talking about intended styles and unintended styles – styles that are created by the designer for a specific purpose, and styles that develop based on adoption by others.
For actual predictions, he suggested that "a number of animators are going to be better off being part animators, part actors" as facial tracking and real-time animation technologies are better developed and more common.
He also predicted that, with the rise of the 3D printer, free-to-play developers will have better options available to them to easily create merchandise based on their games, and increase their revenue through sources outside of their games.
You can see all our videos from Pocket Gamer Connects San Francisco 2015 in this YouTube Playlist.