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Design, a powerful business driver
Post pandemic, the need is to design occupied spaces with more focus on individual experiences, social distancing, technological advances and innovations, health, safety and security. Similarly, client expectation of finished products and spaces have also changed. This means challenging traditional design narratives and requires architects, urban space planners, interior architecture designers, communication designers, fashion designers and product designers to design concepts with technological intervention so as to create a healthy cultural climate, clean buildings and sustainable working environment both at home and at the workplace.
Through the different devices we use, technology has ingrained itself into our daily lives. It connects us and makes our lives easier. Even though it can potentially isolates us, technology helps to create a collective experience when people personalise it.
With remote working and a growing work from home culture, the line between residential and commercial space design have begun to blur. Mobility, flexibility, efficiency, speed, cost-effectiveness and connectivity are now the new mantras.
Designers help define interfaces, interaction models (chatbots, voice operated technology, mobile based applications, built-in sensors, biometrics and facial recognition technologies, anti-distraction and noise cancelling technology), and user flows. They mediate how people experience new technology. Being mindful of comfort and wellness, they provide design solutions and create spaces that are technology free, technology light or camouflaged. A McKinsey report that studied more than 300 businesses found that companies that embrace design created 32% more revenue and 56% more shareholder returns than competitors, over a five-year period. This strengthens the connection between product and user interface design and innovation and company success.
The Designer’s Responsibility
Technology has the potential to encourage new behaviours and products can be designed to create habit-forming loops as evident in highly digital-first lifestyles.
Challenges that technology impose on the design process
Technology changes rapidly! Thus, it’s vital to know why something should be built in the first place and the limitations based on how mature a technology is. This emphasizes the need to continuously prioritize, and negotiate what’s possible with the underlying user need in mind.
Designers have always worked at the intersection of cultural trends, whether in fashion, designer products or buildings. But today advances in technology has accelerated these trends making it hard to integrate them into the planning, design and development phase. Augmented reality, virtual reality are becoming mainstream. Home automation apps (Nest, Hive, Smarthome) are changing the way our homes are managed. Personal assistants like Cortana, Siri, Alexa are transforming the way we shop, play and manage our time. The role of designers and architects (especially with the backdrop of the pandemic) need to anticipate people’s interactions with technology and provide them with products, living and working spaces that cater to the challenges of the changing world.
Ever-expanding career opportunities
Talent, creativity, in-depth knowledge of the sector and understanding of changing trends is essential for success. With the increasing competitive environment, these need to be strengthened with technological know-how to create designs, concepts and solutions making products more appealing. Simultaneously, improved usability and lowered production costs is equally essential. Digital transformation has impacted creative professionals extensively and continues to do so. Extended reality (XR) is a term used to imply augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR). It’s extensively used in gaming but today marketeers are exploring ways to monetise it, create immersive experiences for clients and increase market share in other sectors too. Content developers, strategists, user experience designers, community and project managers are in high demand.
Automobile companies are investing heavily in R&D and product designers and so are consumer goods companies and private design firms. Even in the post-pandemic world there continues to be a consumer market which invariably means an increasing demand for well-designed products and services. Increase in online shopping has drastically changed retail design. Confinement and lockdown have also altered fashion trends.With the addition of over 1,100 start-ups in 2019, India continues to maintain its position as the third-largest start-up ecosystem in the world. They each need their own digital space to grow their businesses. Human-centred design and digital accessibility is equally essential for media houses, publishing firms, retail amongst others. They all need good designers especially those with evolving design sensibilities, like expanding knowledge of graphic design into UI/UX design. Expertise in collaboration, communication, research and a generalist knowledge in technology can enhance classical design skills to develop the ability to work across disciplines and sectors.It is said that at a point in time, the brain processes 11 bn bytes of information yet only 60 bytes are received by the conscious brain. This makes branding and communication of product and services crucial so that they standout.
Creativity in demand
The need of the hour is for students of design, architecture, communication and fashion to embrace the physical, experiential, functional and emotional reality of the world today. They need be flexible, open-minded and audacious in their thinking and outlook. Developing a strong business perspective can help them to position design and themselves as integral to competitive success.
We lead connected lives. It demands a new approach towards bettering our daily experiences. A lucrative design career today literally follows Steve Jobs famous quote, “a lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”
Reference: https://www.mckinsey.com/ business-functions/ mckinsey-design/our-insights/the-business-value-of-design
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