Designing effectively means acknowledging the past, involving the present and creating the future. By contemplating and assessing key design future trends, in terms of patterns, factors, context, needs, focus and more, we can build futures that can be responsive and flexible and foster innovation.
As designers, we need to anticipate future scenarios to sense what signs are probable opportunities and challenges. They could be significant or minor to led to an impact. We need to measure the future trends by primary and secondary research, evaluating current future trends and then creating our definitions of what the future holds. These “definitions’ have to be evaluated to see the feasibility of the idea.
Who will benefit from this information? Human centric aspects: Designers(us) – users – service providers – client.
There can be a definite process. The time frame of the course should look at a process, which combines research in the first month followed by constant data collection and iterative prototyping for the ideas to gain validity of the data and idea.
Speculations help build innovation. The reason we build in the present by assessing the future since design is reactive and affected by various factors. Design is affected by social, environmental, political, economical, business and technological factors and these are constant evolving. We need to safeguard for the future and effectively design in relevance of what follow.