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Design in Tech Report 2017

March 23, 2017


For the third year running, John Maeda released his Design in Tech Report.

The full PDF’s on the report site, with audio from the SXSW presentation on March 12th on SoundCloud. The audio’s on Vimeo with slides, too (below).

A few things stood out.

Top business schools are including a lot more design (thinking) classes, driven by market demand. That’s good for designers.

Computational designers, in particular, are in demand. They’re the kind that big business (Facebook, Google, Amazon) are looking for. Computational design was pioneered by four women, Gillian Crampton-Smith, Joy Mountford, and the late Murial Cooper and Red Burns.

Designer communities are being acquired by businesses. This year DeviantArt was acquired by Wix, and Dribbble was acquired by Tiny. It was back in 2012 when Behance was acquired by Adobe.

27% of the internet is powered by WordPress.

Creativity comes from difference.

China has 500,000 design graduates every year. What’s happening there is very advanced.

8 of the top 10 smartphone apps are owned by Facebook or Google. You think you have choice, but you don’t.

There’s no mention of VR, but it’ll be included next year. I expect it’ll be big.

I must read the 2016 report, State of the Digital Nation, by Jules Ehrhardt.

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