We all benefit from advancements in technology every single day. The ways we interact with one another, order our lives, spend our leisure time, shop, travel to work and conduct our work have been radically altered. Technology, at its best, enhances our lives – making tasks quicker, cheaper, easier, safer and offering new ways around old problems.
So, how does this apply to the design industry?
Quicker: Software is now key. While that may have taken some of the 'craft' out of the world of design it has meant that previously intricate tasks can now be handled with a click of the mouse and the benefits of computer programmes that can put unerring accuracy at their heart. Whatever your viewpoint, this has certainly speeded up the process.
Efficiency: Hand in hand with speed goes efficiency. By cutting the amount of time that needs to be spent on some functions, designers can be freed up to allow their creativity to come to the fore. That means taking on a greater volume of tasks and tackling ideas of greater complexity.
Cheaper: A good workman needs good tools. These days, that means hardware and software. While not cheap that still has reduced the costs incurred by those in the industry. Reduced costs not only help the businesses that require design, it also reduces barriers to entry in this field. Anyone with a decent computer can teach themselves the basics and spend hours of their free time getting good enough to be able to go for a job.
Safety: Technological innovations have helped to remove the risks associated with industrial design. Companies such as Airblast AFC offer cabinets and blast rooms that help to eliminate the risk from complex design projects, ensuring that these vital – and practical – projects can be delivered effectively with peace of mind.
New methods: You only need look at the advancements in 3D printing to see how technology continues to offer new techniques and methods that impact upon the design industry. The ability to effectively download and print items will not help those in need of design equipment, but will also test the minds of designers offering ever-more effective ways.
Communication: Design is a job that requires a relationship with a customer. It's often about realising an ambition or idea in some form. Technology has revolutionised the way we interact with one another, making it fairly straightforward to stay in contact with clients from across the globe and get instant feedback on drafts of work. The ease of communication also helps young designers to distribute and showcase their work in a bid to get noticed.
The impact of technology has, therefore, been felt on the techniques and methods used by designers, the speed and cost of doing their work, the ease of which they can interact with the people who commission their work as well as driving forward new ways of working. Designers of all different hues need to harness the latest technological advancements to ensure they are able to get their work to stand out from the crowd. As a result it's likely that technology and design will continue to go hand in hand in the future.