Arts & Design

Arts & Design

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In its 2018 sponsored post, in partnership with Braun, a German consumer products company, the UK edition of Wired, the monthly American magazine published a series of interviews from some of the world’s most innovative tech designers and artists about what the future holds for art, design and technology. 

While some of these innovators talk about “new revolution” in robotic package delivery in cities and other urban areas, they raise a lot of questions and issues related to products’ beauty or aesthetics’ obsolescence.

Products of the future, according to them, will be all about their relevance.

The designers predict that relevance will take the subjective state of the humans using the object, and projects it onto the object.

Future designers will, therefore, engage more in working harder and creatively enough to make things around them much better, and easier for end-users.

These are just a few insights among many that are shaping the future of the creative world of the arts and design. 

Seriously, what is the real future of arts and design in a world that’s changing faster than ever–socially, technologically, environmentally, politically, and economically?

Does anyone really know what, in the midst of these shifts, crucial tasks designers will have to be thinking about? 

Does any artist or designers working in technology, branding, experience design, architecture, urbanism, product design, and industrial design have a single idea of the impact of their work on humans and how they interact with their environment

It’s predicted that designers will increase our way of thinking and learning.

This is what’s called by some the “foundational systems thinking” and by others “design thinking”.

Decades that are coming will integrate design as a learning system; it can’t just be an artifact. So much technology today is already making this possible. From sensors to smart software, and artificial intelligence – they learn about what’s happening, they learn what people are doing, and what their effects on the system are. This will help designers gather insights about what designs can do, and they will become more and more powerful in turn. 

Will design be an innovative force for change?

Can designers be activists? 

The world economic system is really at its edge. A lot of artists and designers don’t want to participate in it anymore if they’re enforcing inequality and expanding on it. The design industry is accused of being part of the problem.

Design will inspire collaborations and solutions that confront future world challenges and encourage people to take note of things that really matter. It’s said in the industry that design will highlight more sustainable solutions, fight systematic biases, and inspire thoughtful urban planning, among countless other applications because challenges ahead will be more complex and thus require several cultural and artistic disciplines, or even fields, to work together.

 

Even if the future of the arts and design centers around three major trends that include the mass availability and affordability of cloud computing, the proliferation of new advanced manufacturing capabilities, particularly industrial additive technologies paired with new material science, and finally (and maybe the most important trend), the availability and tangible benefit from real, practical applications for artificial intelligence, the current observed reality of the prospect of the human population growth, environmental issues and many more challenges, we are pretty much sure a lot of near-future changes will influence the way artists and designers will create artworks and objects of the future.

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