Blazing the Trail:
As Technology Changes So Does Business
With technology constantly evolving and transforming in this digital age, business structures and practices also change.
Who knows what technology will emerge in the next ten years? Maybe computer monitors will transform into 3D displays, or interactive holographic images will spring up from mobile phones. Flying cars? We’re still waiting on that one. As technology evolves, so does the way we do things, including in business.
As far as the next five to ten years, I predict that the Internet will get even bigger, web coding and technology will evolve and offer more options (more stuff to utilize but also more to absorb into our code-soaked brains). There will be more people getting into computer and design related fields because it will permeate our everyday lives even more.
Examples of Recent Changes in Technology
Just in the past few years, technology has moved at a rapid pace. Mobile phones (and other devices) have created the need for responsive design, a recent emerging technology that has worked itself into this field. It allows sites to be formatted automatically depending on the type of device, such as iPad, smart phones, tablets, etc.
Online Editing/File Sharing
Also emerging is the use of online applications and storage/file sharing. This includes: Adobe’s Creative Cloud, Google Drive, and file sharing/storage such as Dropbox or Hightail. Now files and programs can be accessed simply by logging in. That helps businesses, especially between designers and clients, who do a lot of file sharing (sometimes LARGE files), proofing designs, and presentations. It is also useful for designers who may want to access files and work on them from an assortment of devices or locations.
Cool New Tricks: HTML5 & CSS3
Another example of emerging technology is the updated standard of HTML5 and CSS3 that allows web designers to push the limits beyond what was previously possible. (Some examples are HTML5’s canvas, adding video/audio, CSS3’s rounded corners, columns and so much more.)
Another recent new technology is 3D printing. These are just a few examples of the latest technologies. (I can’t wait to play around with some designs and “print” something 3D.)
Looking Ahead: Designer = Visionary?
This field requires a never-ending learning process. A designer must absorb a lot of information as much as possible (on a regular basis) because there is so much to learn and it evolves at lightning speed.
As far as considering myself as a “change agent” (one who brings about or contributes to change) I would do what seems like the right idea for the circumstance. I’d push the boundaries if it makes sense and feels right. It’s good to be willing to explore new ways of doing things if it works. There are standards that are good to adhere to, but it is also important to explore new possibilities.
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
~ Pablo Picasso
Change is Inevitable
Life is change.
So we’ll just have to go along on the journey, learn the most we can and explore possibilities. Perhaps one day we will have flying cars or maybe…we’ll find a way to fly without them. Only time will tell.