Consider these facts. 1) Technology
influences how we make things. 2) Designers will continue to bridge the gap between technology and you. So how will we design our products differently in the next 10 years?
1 The “Unibody” is made
by a computer controlled precision milling process. The advantage of this process includes reduced part count, thinness and a rigid structure.
6 Less is More when
it comes to digital convergence. Adding more functions makes a product harder to use. Modularity responds to this by allowing you to only buy/use what you need.
6 Prosumer, or “professional consumer”
cameras push the limits of digital convergence by balancing simplicity with in-depth functionality. Often it is about reducing specifications, like the G11’s megapixels, not increasing it.
7 This a testament to
the rise of the Internet brands. As humans are inherently tangible creatures, these brands realize they need to get out to the real world to bring their brand experience closer to their consumers.
9 More and more people
treat electronics as items of value. Both in a personal and monetary sense. Personalizing, customizing, accessorizing and hacking a product to better fit an individual’s needs and fancies will be common activities.
9 Products will never be
a 100% fit to a user’s needs. The well informed consumer will seek out solutions beyond what a product can offer. It is thus a lucrative business to provide accessories that solve problems like a hot laptop casing.
10 It is often good
if consumers can tell designers what they would like in the products they buy. This reduces product development risks as it often guarantees sales.
10 Technology facilitates and makes
the tedious task of collecting consumer data simple. But how much of your design creation will you let the consumer control? How hard do you listen when what people tell you is often different from what they really want? Can you design a product or system that is flexible enough to provide the user with enough choice?
11 Look at how far
we have come since the first multipurpose computer was announced in 1946? After 64 years we now have computers as big as your palm.
11 With miniaturization at the
heart of technology, it is conceivable that manufacturing machines will soon be small enough to sit on your desktop. Actually, it already has. So now everyone can be a designer as they are able to make anything. So then what is the value of design and designers?