After posting yesterday about the history of Graphic Design, I read this great article with thoughts on the future of Design from Erik Spiekermann. Its hard to imagine what it would have been like to be a designer in the 80s when the industry changed forever by the accessibility of the computer. As designers saw the skills they had developed over a lifetime be replaced by the click of a mouse, I’m sure there was a temptation to criticize the next generation of designers for having it too easy. That is probably what I would have done! Spiekermann did not see new technology as a threat, but as an opportunity to expand his world. He encourages designers to not only design, but to understand the inner workings of the technology on which we design. He predicts that the technology we are using today still has a long way before it is in its best form. If we don’t stay up-to-date, we will become out-dated!
You can readthe full article here.
And if you have 20 minutes to spare, this video chronicles the history of Adobe Illustrator with interviews from some top designers. It is well worth your time!
Luke and I are married and have four little munchkins that travel the world with us. I blog about living overseas, travel, kids, education and graphic design.
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