Role Of Technology In Design

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Being a designer is not easy. You have to contact clients, compute prices, think of a good inspiration, and turn your visions into reality by creating your projects. If all of these things are already stressing you out, then maybe you are still not aware of how technology is making life easier for designers all over the world. In this article, you will learn new ways of doing what you’ve always loved to do: Design!

Opens New Doors For Designers

Being a creative is not easy. The design industry might be fun and exciting but it is far from easy. A lot of designers and aspiring designers find it difficult to start their careers. Some are limited in terms of connections, while others are also financially challenged.

But thanks to today’s technology, talented designers now have various avenues that can help them kick start their careers. Because of the internet and computers, it has become easier for designers to communicate with their clients and show off their masterpieces.

Platforms like Instagram and Tumblr provide a space for artists and designers to make it easier for people to discover their works. There are also digital portfolios that you can build so that potential clients can take a look.

Unlike before, designers aren’t limited by offline means of communication and networking. With online platforms, they won’t have to travel overseas for their work to get noticed internationally. This is one of the best things that technology brought to creative professionals.

Giving Way to New Kinds Of Designers

Because of the development of technology, designers are not just all about art anymore. They are also now becoming more knowledgeable about data sciences and mathematics. The rise of artificial technology and the Internet of Things, are just some of the examples why there are now more kinds of skilled designers that can serve the world today.

Introducing New Tools

A design professional’s work is also now much easier because of advanced tech tools that they can use today. Not only that, they also allow professionals to be more productive. An example of this is proofing tools which can help clients and designers to make the review process of designs to be faster.

Choosing the right colors is also important for a design professional. This is what makes the job more fun. With today’s technology, designers can have access to limitless choices of colors and shades that they can mix and match for their designs. A tool called Coolors can help designers pick the best colors.

Today, there are also new tools for communicating with clients. An example is sewport which is a platform that connects manufacturers, designers, and clients with each other. Platforms such as this are a great help for everyone in the fashion and design industry.

New Ways to Learn

One of the things that all of us might be taking for granted right now, is the opportunity to learn from other people. For designers, the internet provided them with a way to share experiences and knowledge. This means other designers can learn from them too. Blogs and even social media posts are helping design professionals learn more techniques and methods that can upgrade the services that they offer to their clients.

Today, people can also conduct live streams of their seminars or conferences online. If you are not in the mood to go out of your home and attend a crowded seminar, there are ones that can teach you online. Online courses are now also offered. An example of this is Coursera, which gives those who are willing to learn new skills to study online and receive recognition for their new courses.

Meanwhile, a simpler tool to learn new things nowadays is via YouTube videos. Designers can take advantage of this platform since it’s free and you can find almost anything here. From cooking to video tutorials about how you can use various designing tools. Whatever it is, information and the ability to learn new skills and knowledge is only at the tip of your fingers.

An App For Everything

Because of the impact of smartphones to our society, app developers are always creating new apps that will benefit everyone. These days, there is always an app for everything. This is not only true for students or office workers. This is also true for designers.

There are apps that can hold your portfolio on your smartphone. This way, you can show your works to anyone and anytime. Some apps are created to make transactions with clients easier as well like determining the price that a freelancer should offer for a specific project. Whatever it is, smartphone apps can help you be a more efficient designer.

Is There A Disadvantage?

We’ve heard a lot about the advantages that technology brings to the world. For the last few years, it has redefined the way we lived in this world. We are always surprised by the new tech or gadgets that are getting introduced to us every year. Sometimes, it’s even hard to keep up and be updated with all of these technological advancements.

Technology is bringing so much advantages that it’s really hard to tell if there really is a disadvantage or a bad effect to us as professionals.

The answer to this question is simple. Yes, there are disadvantages but these are very minor compared to the benefits that we are getting from these advancements.

These disadvantages or negative effects might include losing our touch to the real world. Everywhere you look now, people are so absorbed by their smartphones, tablets, or laptops.

Sometimes, when you enter a coffee shop, you won’t even think of talking to people who are too focused on their gadgets. Our attentions are on communicating with people online who are far away from us, that we forget those who are in front of us.

All of us are guilty of this. As a design professional, it’s also a duty to have good social skills because the clients that you meet face to face are also very important. So make sure that you are not only good with chatting, also know how you can interact or even give a pitch when you’re on an actual meeting.

Another lesson to remember is to not let the internet or all of these techs do all the job for you. Adding your personal touch will make your clients feel that you are a hands on designer who is also committed to bringing them the best services and projects by taking advantage of today’s technological advancements.

About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.

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