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Technology in Product Design



Kirjoittanut: Marcos Homar Heinonen - tiimistä SYNTRE.

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In the ever-developing landscape of innovation, technology stands as the cornerstone reshaping the essence of design. From the initial conception to the final creation, the influence of technology passes every facet of the design process, revolutionizing not just what we create but how we conceive, engineer, and interact with products. The symbiotic link between technology and design has broken down old barriers, bringing in a new era in which imagination blends in with technological skills to create goods that go beyond basic usefulness.

Digital design tools are the most evident examples of technologies that impact product design. The generation, development, and improvement of ideas have been transformed by software tools. The technologies give the designers more accurate designs, quicker reputability, and a smaller error margin. 3D printing has decreased the time and money designers previously used in making physical models has been decreased with this technology. This technology has also resulted in better-designed results. Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have given designers more options. Fully immersive experiences can be shown to the customer even before they are even made. Also, designers get to see what the design would look like in augmented reality before anything has been made. This saves time and benefits especially interior and architectural designers who can get near-end result visuals before starting a project.

Technology plays a big role in sustainability. Advanced material science and simulation software helps designers choose eco-friendly materials and minimize environmental impact. As ecological consciousness becomes more important technologies like these help companies reach those goals. Data. Analytics and consumer insights, driven by technology, provide invaluable guidance for product designers. Designers can make informed judgments about what features, designs, and functions will resonate best with their target audience by analyzing user data. Technology has made seamless collaboration between designers, manufacturers, and engineers, promoting creativity and innovation through remote work.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be used more to provide data-driven design insights, automate repetitive duties, and generate designs.

Internet of Things (IoT) will generate creative designs with improved functionality. Cars and smart homes will be just some of the products that will be using these functions in the near future by connecting and exchanging data with other devices and systems over the internet.

Developments in biotechnology have made it possible for designers to collaborate with living things to produce environmentally beneficial and sustainable goods. This is called Biodesign. Biodesign refers to an interdisciplinary approach that integrates principles from biology, engineering, and design to create innovative solutions inspired by derived from living organisms and biological systems. It involves harnessing the principles, structures, and processes found in nature to design and develop products, materials, systems, or technologies that address various human challenges.

In Biodesign, designers and scientists often draw inspiration from nature´s solutions to complex problems. They study biological structures, processes, and ecosystems to understand how organisms have evolved efficient, sustainable, and adaptable systems over millions of years. By applying this understanding, they seek to create more sustainable, efficient, and environmentally friendly products and technologies.

Applications of Biodesign can range across multiple fields, including medicine (biometrical devices, drug delivery systems), architecture, (biomimicry in building design), materials science (biologically inspired materials), energy (biofuels, bio-inspired solar panels), and more. The goal is to leverage nature´s wisdom to develop innovative and sustainable solutions that can address pressing challenges faced by humanity.

Biodesign often involves collaborations between biologists, engineers, designers, and other experts to merge biological knowledge with technological innovation. It´s a growing field that holds promise for creating cutting-edge solutions that are not only effective but also aligned with the natural world´s sustainability principles.

Technology is getting into every field and product design is certainly one of those where the change can be seen easily. Most of these technologies help the workers tremendously. It takes out some of the more monotonic and mechanical duties that can be done with the help of a machine. When these time-consuming, challenging tasks can be done by a machine it frees up time for the product designers to do other things. This in my opinion is great and makes the field develop faster because the developers have time to innovate and further develop the designs made by machines. In conclusion, I would say that product design benefits tremendously from technology. A person using these technologies is going to do the workload of ten people who don’t use them.

As it similarly happens with AI advanced technologies may take jobs from people, but they also generate new ones to replace them. We shouldn’t be afraid of these technological advancements but develop alongside them to keep ourselves competitive. A competitive advantage as a future product designer is for sure going to be the skill of knowing how to use technologies that help the designer create more things. A future product designer is also going to be a technology wizard who knows how to use specific technologies in situations where they are required to maximize effectiveness and quality. A machine can end up making product designs that end with climate change as it can have a much broader knowledge of what climate change is and how it can be solved. Machines have data banks much larger than human data capacities can reach making them a possibility for solving a problem as big as climate change. This technology is constantly getting better meaning that in the upcoming years, a technology that can save us from a climate catastrophe is totally possible.

 

Sources:

GOAVEGA, The Future of Product Design, Read: 04.12.2023.

https://www.goavega.com/blog/the-future-of-product-design/

 

My Design Minds, The Role of Technology in Modern Product Design, Read: 04.12.2023.

https://www.mydesignminds.com/2023/11/08/the-role-of-technology-in-modern-product-design/

 

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