Post-Screen Design: The Future of Designers in Tech

Right now, many designers have immersed themselves in the digital world, fulfilling a huge demand for UX and UI in today's speed-of-light technology driven society. In just 10 years, the usage of smartphones and other mobile devices has grown to an incredible magnitude. Newer and better devices are coming it out every month, and it's not only hard to keep up as a consumer, but also as a digital designer. Screens are everywhere we look, and contribute to more efficient lives, with expanded possibilities for the opportunity. However, screens aren’t the last stop on this wild technology driven train-ride. 

Humans have adapted to increasingly crave efficiency and ease of use. We want things in an instant, and our patience for communication, commerce, and entertainment has shriveled away to almost nothing. At some point, the screens of our mobile devices become one more obstacle in our never-ending thirst for efficiency. Taking the extra step to tap an icon on a phone then continue with multiple processes to get to the end result feels daunting when you’re always in a hurry. Gone are the days of waiting for letters to arrive in the mail, waiting for your crush to call you on your cord-bound home phone, and waiting for dial-up internet for seemingly an eternity. We want it now, and technology is here to give it to us. How? By limiting the user’s interaction with a screen, and instead directly interfacing with an AI. 

So much focus in the the tech world has shifted to creating advanced Artificial Intelligence that can organically learn from interactions and calculate the most efficient ways to solve a problem. With many huge companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and IBM investing in AI today, integrating this into mobile technology is just around the bend. We have already become accustomed to AI-like assistants like Siri and Google Now handling our mundane queries and requests without ever looking at a screen. There is also tremendous interest in augmented reality and virtual Reality, which along with AI offers a whole new set of design challenges. How do digital designers prepare to adapt their skills to these new screen-less technologies? 

In this episode of Creative Honey, we dive deep into this topic and discuss our predictions and observations about what designers can do now to integrate with these new and ever-changing screen-limited and screen-less technologies.

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