Technology and the evolution of the design industry

Humans are a highly expressive species and whenever the world hints an evolution, they are there not only to adapt to the changing environment but also to cause the change itself. Indeed, our ways of expression have been one of our strongest traits and these practices still continue to this day. But what happens when something as unpredictable and advanced as technology is added to the equation?

 

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Fundamentally, the advent of the more technologically powerful tools not only fueled a totally different phase of revolution but also triggered a whole new way of how people see the world—and how they express what they see in the form of ideas, arts, and expressions. The same story is true in the design industry and the trends that have been observed to dominate the field in the past few years. As art imitates life, the new world where technology reigns supreme led to different facets and forms of designs that directly and indirectly reflected new expressions and ideas. So how far and wide did technology influence design and the industry in general?

One of the most important changes that evolved with technology is how designers redefined form and functionality. Several new features led to this redefinition. For instance, the introduction of new ways to create, display, and print graphics and other forms of art have encouraged design practitioners to exceed their limitations and push boundaries.

 

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These design feats were only possible because of the recent availability of more powerful computers, faster connection, higher resolutions, and an outstanding emphasis on details. These features enabled anyone with a reliable computer to control more colors and have the flexibility to create something spectacular out of a humble idea.

However, the influence of technology in the design industry does not stop in the limitless capabilities that it provides its users. It also restructured the roles and activities that designers have to undertake. New and advanced tools such as creative design software, graphic tablets, and printing capabilities have presented limitless potentials.  In fact, designers have hundreds of software and programs to choose from and along with them, the boundless selection of methods that can help them create a unique and impressive output, making a signature style that makes them stand out from the rest and enables them to create their own brand.