Not only will the elements of design change direction, but in this digital era, the needs of design are changing every day. The marketing tools available to young designers are completely different than in the past and still changing. Today, I watched ads flash across a screen while I pumped gas in my car, while I waited at the check-out stand buying groceries, while searching for Christmas presents on the internet and of course, on the television. Advertising is everywhere and the more we open our lives to the outside world in the name of convenience, we open our lives to the influence of others. You can already access the internet and send pictures from a cell phone. It's hard to imagine what would come next. How can it get more convenient? Maybe it will just get less expensive. Like the calculator, in a few years all of this digital technology will be so inexpensive anyone can afford the newest and best.
If I were a young designer I'd take as many computer classes as possible, study the Masters and develop my
fine art skills and then, like in any profession, remember my audience.