Design trends that kills usability

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This bit is prompted by yet another poorly thought out site redesign for a site I frequent. The old site has "dated" design but was vastly more usable.

Fifty shades of grey

Seems like half the web are just various grey boxes, if I spent more than half an hour on those sites my eyesight starts to deteriate.

Overuse of whitespace

Everything must have giant margins, previously a few lines of text now deserve their own special boxes that requires scrolling. What happened to the concept of keeping information above the fold?