Short answer: yes.
Long answer: This is what happens when cultures are mashed together. In my opinion it even lowers the overall quality of design in general. Football crests is a good example of how design differs from country to country, as most of them were done in late 1800s/early 1900s, at least the ones that haven't been updated much.
For example, the difference between German football crests and Spanish football crests is a great example of industrial minimalism vs intricate flamboyant designs. I doubt we'll ever see such a difference on the web going forward. The success of companies like Apple and Google means minimalism and non-clutter is regarded as the benchmark for good design.
I hope the trend is turning so we can see more design diversity on the web, but globalisation and multi-culturalism isn't exactly helping.
Really great response! Thanks :)
Personally, I wouldn't put the concept of multiculturalism in the same group. As I understand, multiculturalism is more about multiple cultures sitting side by side, as opposed to blending together to create a single entity. While some overlap exists, the different cultures still retain a lot of the original tradition/meaning etc. I think that's more of what we need in a globalised society. Instead of people striving for a universal language, we should each bring our own cultural trends to the table and represent them. Sharing good design practice, but not losing local flavour... Although I suppose it depends entirely on the purpose! A design for a global company probably does need a more universal design language...
I don't mean the political side of multi-culturalism, I'm just talking about blending cultures in design.
Oh yeah, that's what I was saying though. I think we need the concept of multiculturalism in design. Instead of striving for a universal design language...
Was just agreeing and adding more :)