2016 was…interesting. And, with a new year and change in the air, there are still unknowns and guesses of what’s to come. As a Design Strategist, I’ve been thinking a lot about the future of design, and, specifically, what I might design for or need to consider as a design for people in the future. I’ve been observing where we are today (compared to where we have been) and how we now interact and consume what has been designed for us. I’ve been thinking about how our behaviors and needs have significantly changed year after year based on designed platforms and technology, and will surely continue to change based on what is happening around us.
Fjord’s take on the key trends for 2017 is fascinating and, I believe, on the mark. Their analysis of 8 key trends, with a background of how we got here, what to expect this year, and what your organization can do about it is insightful and thorough. And while it doesn’t answer all the questions, it provides a well-rounded perspective to get anyone to think beyond today.