So these past few months, I’ve been on a design sabbatical (i.e. I’ve been reading a lot of books and watching a lot of design documentaries). And one thing I’ve seen repeated over and over again is that the most well-designed objects have a common theme-when someone uses these objects, the feeling is natural and an extension of their own movements.
Being able to see literally beautiful objects these past few months gave me quite a bit of inspiration. I then began to ask myself, what if 5, 10, 20 years from now, design reached a new frontier? What if a new school of thought emerged-one where design, and the objects that embody good design became not just an extension of yourself, but a bridge into environments that were previously closed off to the general populace?
As someone who works at a disruptive technology company like Chegg, and as a millennial, I’ve been able to really understand the beauty of consumer side 3-D printing. I’ve been able to understand MOOCS and free education. However, more importantly, I’ve been able to see what the future of intelligent design could bring. Imagine, if you will, a leash for your dog that could not only cool your dog on a hot summer day, but also have the capability to give you a digital readout of your dog’s current bodily functions and general mood? Of course veterinarians can give you a similar prognosis, but for your day to day life, wouldn’t it be cool to be able to see that in order to not only prevent disease, but to also give you this previously unattainable look into who your dog is as a unique and individual organism?
I strongly feel that these types of technologies and the people that design them are our future. It’s monumentally important as we progress into the future. As I learned in various economics classes, resources are scarce. As our human population grows and becomes more intelligent as a whole, previously abundant resources will begin to dwindle. As a result, this intelligent design will not only make more resources available, but ultimately alleviate consumption of certain resources altogether! The future will be very bright. We just have to make sure we design it that way.