The first trend of being very well rounded and having meta-disciplinary study makes a lot of sense. At agencies the distinct lines between job descriptions and responsibilities tend to blur and morph. A designer definitely needs to stay up to date with current events and popular culture to ensure that the designer is capable of also supporting the social, media, and strategy teams with creative ways to push out a design. Knowledge is power. In 2015, and even now, the “attention economy” is going to be a challenge. With the information age we are constantly taking in design across a wide range of platforms, how are we going to make something that truly draws someone in? The distractions are just going to keep building around us, we are just going to have to focus on creating design that is interactive and personalized to capture attention for more than a split second.
This list seems to be timeless, but I think the ability to understanding technology is going to move up higher in the next couple of years. We are going to need to meet the needs of the growing digital age. Having knowledge about how to design for a technological platform, as well as, how technology would be used to advertise the design is going to be key.