About Graphic Designers Today Not Obeserved
As a result, fewer and fewer older designers remain in their fields to teach the new ones the tricks of the trade, most designers today realize how different the world of design is than it was a few generations ago. This does not mean that we have it harder or easier these days. But perhaps we have already reached a point where many things that were once fundamental to the design discipline are nothing more than a painterly memory.
Here are some things today’s designers will never live in the same way:
1.) Exclusivity of knowledge of design
Almost everything you need to learn about design can be found online, or at least in the books you can order online. We often forget that a generation ago they needed geographical and economic access to find the right resources.
Today, it’s not so ridiculous that many companies outsource design work to people from countries that maybe didn’t even have design courses available 10 years ago. It is not only people who have a career in design who benefit from it. There are also resources available to help non-designers better understand the concepts used by designers, which makes it easier to communicate a particular vision.
2.) Manual prototyping
Designers always work a lot with their hands. This applies regardless of whether you use Pen and paper or Adobe CS and AutoCAD. What is different is that prototype versions or drafts of real objects are likely to be created digitally, rather than carved or built from scratch. It was true that a designer worked on a poster, a cup of coffee or a car. In fact, until the 2000s, most prototypes of cars were still carved by hand, many models were still carved by hand before production.
Today, designers are much more likely to use advanced CNC machines or 3D printers, which greatly simplifies the prototyping process. Even in matters where manual work is carried out to fine-tune a prototype, most of it is now carried out on the machine.
According to Christopher Frayling of the Royal College of Art, design did not separate from art as a discipline until 1836. From then on, the design itself has slowly become so specialized that one cannot expect that no designer will take into account all the knowledge in his specific area.
While small businesses can in fact still ask designers to wear many hats, design specialization can no longer easily be seen as a factor in hiring talent. Since the 1980s, there are many special design areas. Since then, formalized areas include service design, digital design, information design, UX design, surface design, communication design and much more.
The principles of these design areas have been identified for a long time, but only recently have they been identified as unique disciplines. These fields are not necessarily separate worlds. However, considering how much has been added to the body of knowledge of each of these disciplines, it takes much more time to master them, or at least remain relevant. In many contexts, it is simply not possible for a designer who specializes in one area to solve problems that are unique to another.
4.) Job security
Job security has never really been associated with creative areas, but the few that have existed have been severely eroded in the last generation. The choice is pretty much to continue learning or to leave the field of design altogether. Keeping yourself informed is no guarantee. Having good design chops is not as rare as it used to be thanks to the democratisation of knowledge. Many companies that you might think are progressive are also almost overtly agitators, especially in the tech industry. Today’s designers are much more likely to work freelance, as are the more developed areas
5.) Geographical boundaries of the
Since most analog design tools have been replaced by digital equivalents that can be used on almost any computer, it is no longer so important for designers to be in places that have direct access to these tools. As speeds and access to the Internet increase worldwide, fewer designers need to work in any given place to work. The only reason why most designers would have to be in one place would be to communicate with them personally. Or more likely, better to control your output.
We are not saying that things are better or worse now than they were before the digital age. However, to see the future, we need to learn what happened in the past. Regardless of what knowledge and skills we currently have, it is unlikely that they will remain relevant in 10 years, let alone 20 years. And there are only so many designers who could switch to management if no other path of professional progress is given.
On the other hand, given the ongoing trends in teleworking and specialization, there is no reason why we can’t all find a niche. The only question is how much you want to invest to continue working in design.