6 Predictions That Will Change Design As We Know It
As companies and organizations around the world look for ways to solve a seemingly endless number of problems, we’re seeing unprecedented attention to design, and to designers, to provide solutions. Creative techniques in design thinking are being adopted by people in fields that never previously considered design or creative thinking.
For Adults, Coloring Invites Creativity and Brings Comfort
"In coloring, you've got this physical sensation of the tool you're using touching on the paper. You also have the feeling in your hands and fingers holding this tool, and moving in different rhythms as you fill in the space, you're being mindful, and when you move in a rhythmic fashion for an extended period of time, that becomes a meditation."
Defining Design: Going Beyond Disciplines
How has design, which many still associate largely with style and consumerism, come to be something one might look to for solutions to the most complex and challenging problems facing humanity today; problems requiring not just local fixes using clever design objects, but solutions that reimagine systems themselves? Are we, at this point, even still talking about the same discipline?
All-In-One Digital Table
A team of students have created a concept kitchen table for Ikea, which acts as an integrated cooking hob and dining table and can suggest recipes based on ingredients you put on it. The interactive table was developed by students at Lund University and Eindhoven University of Technology together with design consultancy IDEO.
The Bladeless Wind Turbine
While they may be great for the environment, traditional wind turbines are constantly coming under fire for a number of reasons—including noise and causing the deaths of birds—so a Spanish startup has come up with a unique new design, nicknamed "Wobblers," which takes up significantly less space and makes barely at noise at all.