This weekend I had the opportunity of going to RGD event, Design Thinkers.
There were many interesting people who came to speak but I came eager to hear John Furneaux speak about Designing Building Blocks. Our role as designers are changing, we are no longer there to just come up with a design for a single platform, we are there as a consultant to assist in setting up foundational blocks that can be used in a variety of ways though out different platforms to suit the clients needs and evolve with them in ways that we may not have even been anticipated yet.
The talk really resonated with me. I started the St Lawrence College Graphic design program during a time when the curriculum was being revamped. My classmates and I had the opportunity of being the first students with the privilege of having a whole new learning experience based on a new curriculum that had a strong focus on user based design and strategic thinking. In keeping with what John said, our role as designers is shifting and we must change with it so that we continue to add the value and expertise that clients need to come up with long term solutions to their challenges. Graphic Design has always been a profession that demands constant change from the people in its field. Every day new programs come out that change what we design for. Every time there is a software update we are required to learn and grow with it, new trends come up that we must choose to follow or avoid, our profession is one that will forever be changing.
A class mate of mine used a quote in a piece of work recently that said, “Design is How it Works”. It is a very pure statement, one that will never change and becomes even more relevant as the things we design for become more complex and require us to think even further into the future than ever before.