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Published on Oct 2, 2010
As a designer who has directly worked with developers (it's been a nerdy ride) and I've learned and understand why it is important for designers to keep the technology in the forefront of their design projects.
Everyday designers of many mediums use their own carefully crafted version of a design process. If you're a Web, Print, Mobile designer you are using variations of Analysis, Research, Specification, Problem solving, Presentation, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation in your design process. During this process most designers tend to miss including Technology or understand its importance.
Including Technology can add an arsenal of ideas to the brain storming process, help solve scalability problems and establishes long term goals of a project or campaign. Creating relationships with the developer implementing your design is key: You're both speaking two different languages; why not bridge the gap a bit by learning key 'Developer Speak' terms. And if you're a print designer learn how technology trends can give your design a fresh and unexpected face.
Designers are right brained creatures who are greatly influenced by and embrace their environment for inspiration. Unless you're living under a rock, Web, Social Media, and Mobile are all Technologies that invade (in a good way) our environment every day. Learn how to use these good little technology invasions to your advantage for your own design aesthetic and the one you're creating for clients.
In 20 slides learn how: How has the role of the designer changed in the past 5 years? What are the new tools for design and information architecture that help bridge the gap to development? How can technology help ALL designers. What are the consequences of not designing with technology in mind? ( yikes!)