Personally, I don't like silly shapes for eating from. Food seems to stay better on round plates, (maybe I'm just a messy eater :oops: ) but you said it was serving dishes you were to design!
One thought I've had is that more and more people are using very big deep bowls, which are extremely useful for all sorts of things. Bowls deeper than pasta bowls and holding a bit more than pasta bowls - something along the lines of Chinese rice bowls, that would hold a whole meal in them. I think more and more people are doing stir-fry stuff, and these big bowls are good for that, but they could also be used as serving dishes.
I actually use all three sizes of bowls and all three sizes of flat plates of my service, all the time. It's the serving dishes that I don't use so often, but then, there are only the two of us, so I just serve everything straight onto our plates.
:twisted: You're going to have to get a big bit of paper and some coloured pencils and try to make some sort of sense out of all these ideas! :twisted: :wink: