Washington D.C., - InformeDesign® (www.informedesign.umn.edu) recently released a new issue of Implications, a monthly newsletter on design and human behavior, that examines the many ways that today's designers are using digital tools and networks to innovate not only their designs but their design and business processes as well. It also discusses the digital media skills and competencies that designers need to be productive and competitive in today's industry.
Architect Frank Gehry's flowing and undulating creations have become icons of how computerized design has opened up a world of new possibilities for designers. The same technologies, notes author Janice Stevenor Dale, president of J S D A Inc. in Los Angeles, have made possible the digital design studio that may include employees from throughout the world working on projects together in a virtual work environment. "This approach accommodates asynchronous work schedules and allows designers to retain multiple interests and balance complex time needs," says Dale.
Digital tools allow designers greater self-expression with less risk, states Dale. They also make possible innovative manufacturing methods that can be integrated with highly intellectual, sustainable materials. It is critical, therefore, that designers collaborate closely with manufacturers and contractors to ensure that their designs are produced and installed properly.
All these changes and innovations mean that schools of design must embrace the importance of technology and prepare new designers accordingly. "As the competition for talent remains fierce, expect to work online collaboratively," Dale advises students. "Design, as we know it, is new."
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