It’s important to be aware of design trends and their affect on our industry, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow them.
Take notes from design trends and what other designers are doing and use them as a jumping off point for your own ideas.
Following design trends can sometimes get in the way of the problem that needs to be solved. The visuals can’t be your main focus when you’re designing; the structure is more important. You should never follow a trend at the expense of answering the brief.
If you are going to use a design trend element in your design, make sure you know the reason why you’re using it. It should help you solve the problem or get the message across, not be visual noise.