As design becomes more and more popular, the number of people who understand it continues to grow. Design is a language that everyone understands, so the more general the population becomes, the larger demand there will be for designers. Design is becoming an essential skill in businesses today that isn’t going away anytime soon. As companies become more specialized, they need specialists who can understand their unique needs and produce designs that address them. A specialist designer has great insight into their client’s needs and processes so they can produce designs that are efficient, user-friendly, and cost-effective for any given company. In the future, we will see a new kind of designer emerge to tackle these growing challenges head-on. This new design will not only understand design better than ever before — but also have a broader understanding of business and psychology as well to tackle these challenges from multiple perspectives simultaneously. Because of this, companies will look at design differently than ever before and see it as an ally rather than an obstacle. To succeed in this future where design plays such an essential role, you must be able to recognize what is happening now to prepare yourself for tomorrow when it matters most…
The Rise of the Designer-Mentor
In the past, the main avenue to learn design was through a school or training program. Often, these programs were hard to navigate, had low-quality instructors, and lacked access to many people who needed the training the most. The rise of the internet has changed this drastically. With the creation of places like YouTube and Udemy, it is now easier than ever to get design training in your own home. Not only does this make it easier for anyone to learn design, but it also makes it more accessible for those with disabilities. Today, design is more in-demand than ever before and there is no shortage of options for training. This has led to the rise of designer-mentors. These designer-mentors are becoming increasingly popular as more people become interested in learning design. However, what makes designer-mentors unique is that they are also creative professionals in their own right. This means they not only understand the importance of design but also how to use design to solve a problem. This mentorship model allows these designers to pass on their knowledge to other people while also deepening their knowledge as they go.
Design is an Inclusivity Platform
One of the biggest challenges in the design field is creating products and services that are accessible to everyone. The design has the unique ability to bring people together. On the other hand, it also has the power to break down the walls that separate us. Accessibility is more than just ensuring there is a way for people to use a product or service. It is about ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to use it. This means everyone needs to be included in the design process from the beginning. Designers need to sit down with their clients and figure out how to include everyone in the design process. Designers also need to be careful that the design solution doesn’t include features that are inaccessible to those who need them the most.
The Value of Data-Driven Design
Design is under a lot of pressure to go beyond aesthetics. It is expected to be more scientific and data-driven. This is great! It can be extremely helpful to have a tool like spreadsheets or tools that collect data. The issue is, that developers spend the majority of their time making their tools look pretty. What they don’t spend a lot of time thinking about is how to connect those tools and make it clear what data is available for what purpose. Designers, on the other hand, spend a lot more time thinking about how to integrate those tools and create an experience that is easy to use. This means designers have an advantage because they know how to make data accessible and relevant. They know how to make it easy to understand what information is available. This makes it easier for both designers and developers to make decisions based on data rather than visual design.
Design is a Co-Builder
Design is not just a visual element in a product. It is a whole platform that connects the visual design to the user experience. The experience can be made up of all kinds of elements, but it all comes back to the design. When building a product or service, it is important to think about the user experience from start to finish. Is the experience something that will delight the user and keep them coming back for more? Those are the experiences that are worth investing time and energy in. Is the experience something that is confusing to navigate? Or is it something that is just overlooked entirely because it is not designed well enough? This is where design can be a co-builder. Design can work with developers to make sure that the experience is well thought out and easy to navigate. This means the design is not just deciding what the end product should look like, but also how to make the user experience as enjoyable as possible.
The Future of UX Is Collaboration
As designers learn to dig a little bit deeper, they start to see the value in having a different kind of relationship with their clients. This can be anything from working remotely to having a full-time role. With the way design has evolved, these roles are becoming more common. The most important thing is to understand how to make that work for you. The most successful design teams are the ones where everyone’s strengths are equally distributed. This allows each person to have their role, but it also means no one person is trying to do everything. This model can work incredibly well for designers. They can have a clear understanding of the problem, the context, and the business. They can then work with developers to create a solution that is easy to use and accessible for everyone. This means the best design teams are ones where all the design people are working with developers.
The future of design will be much more focused on solving problems and creating experiences that are accessible and delightful for the end-users. This is where the design will innovate and shape our world. From the rise of the designer-mentor, to the growth of the designer-mentor, and the need for data driven design, the future of design is bright. The only question is, will you step into it?