How is technology changing the world of design?

Question: How is technology changing the world of design?

Antonelli: A designer’s most important role, in my opinion, is to act as interpreters and as translators.  What they do best is they take major scientific and technological revolutions and they transform them so they can be used by people.  And the Internet is the biggest example.  It used to be DARPA was the military complex that formed . . .  It used to be only lines of code.  It’s only when in the ‘80s that the designers of Mosaic designed the first interface that we started being able to use the Internet without any particular preparation, just some training.  So that’s what they do all the time.  Say there is some abstract idea that is really complex.  They . . .  They incorporate it in an object – or in “object” I also mean an interface, not only a physical object – so that we can use it.  And even now what they’re helping us to do is to manage all this technology.  There are many designers – you know one is ___________ – that are really preaching the gospel of simplicity.  The more complex technology becomes, the more we need to have a simple platform to understand it.  So for instance remote controls with fewer buttons that are set in a way that is almost instinctive.  Or the Wii – the Nintendo Wii.  Instead of having game controllers that are 15 buttons, you have sticks that actually use your body; so more gestural interfaces.  That’s what designers do.  They bring new technology back to our more . . . most ancestral habits.

A designer's job is to act as translator.

Live on Monday: Does the US need one billion people?

What would happen if you tripled the US population? Matthew Yglesias and moderator Charles Duhigg explore the idea on Big Think Live.

Big Think LIVE

Is immigration key to bolstering the American economy? Could having one billion Americans secure the US's position as the global superpower?

Keep reading Show less

Mars pole may be hiding salty lakes and life, find researchers

Researchers detect a large lake and several ponds deep under the ice of the Martian South Pole.

Getty Images
Surprising Science
  • Italian scientists release findings of a large underground lake and three ponds below the South Pole of Mars.
  • The lake might contain water, with salt preventing them from freezing.
  • The presence of water may indicate the existence of microbial and other life forms on the planet.
Keep reading Show less

In praise of nudity: The nudist beaches of Central and Eastern Europe

"Nothing but naked people: fat ones, thin ones, old, young…"

Photo by Jessica D. Vega on Unsplash
Culture & Religion
They lie on towels, blankets and mattresses, without wind screens, but under umbrellas.
Keep reading Show less

Mystery anomaly weakens Earth's magnetic field, report scientists

A strange weakness in the Earth's protective magnetic field is growing and possibly splitting, shows data.

ESA
Surprising Science
  • "The South Atlantic Anomaly" in the Earth's magnetic field is growing and possibly splitting, shows data.
  • The information was gathered by the ESA's Swarm Constellation mission satellites.
  • The changes may indicate the coming reversal of the North and South Poles.
Keep reading Show less

Crows are self-aware just like us, says new study

Crows have their own version of the human cerebral cortex.

Credit: Amarnath Tade/ Unsplash
Mind & Brain
  • Crows and the rest of the corvid family keep turning out to be smarter and smarter.
  • New research observes them thinking about what they've just seen and associating it with an appropriate response.
  • A corvid's pallium is packed with more neurons than a great ape's.
  • Keep reading Show less
    Quantcast