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Generative Design

Wilbert on Design, April

I strongly believe that the biggest challenges and opportunities for designers are going to be on a system level.

  1. Systems grow in complexity; every touch point is connected all the time
  2. Behaviour personalisation increases; what you see is not what I see or what we see
  3. This results in less control; it’s hard to design a blue print for something with a lot of dynamic parts, so design (as a field) also has to move the boundaries of design, where you aim for guidelines, intended behaviour, principles.

In this edition some examples of why we?—?as a design field?—?need to think bigger.

Protecting vision

Self driving and stickers

Making a self-driving Tesla move into the opposite lane…with just stickers pasted on the road!?

A car controlled by a computer it’s still limited by the sensors and rules and data we’ve put in.

People have always been great manipulators of systems. This video shows how easy it is to manipulate a system when you start talking to a system in its language.

We relying more on camera’s for a lot of services, this is a new domain for design, right now mostly driven by technological capabilities.

What’s real

A lot of platforms are having issues with filtering content. Because of the network effects and gaming a system a lot of ? gets the attention it doesn’t deserve. This as much a technical problem as it is a design problem. I don’t think there will be a simple algorithm to fix this, it’s more a systemic problem.

If you don’t design for it it from the beginning you will never be in control.

While most discussions are about Facebook I personally think YouTube has issues of a similar size. It’s the magic place where you can find someone explaining how to replace that tiny spare part in your car, but it’s also full of nonsense, spreading faster then a computer can stop it.

One AI?—?YouTube’s recommendation algorithm?—?determines >25% of ALL internet traffic on mobile by picking what videos we watch… and steering the daily thoughts, feelings and beliefs of two billion people.…?

YouTube screenshot

“I’m so glad we let tech platforms eat the journalism industry. Now, I can sit and watch a live stream of Notre Dame burning while YouTube’s fake news widget tells me about 9/11 for some reason.…?

My reality is not yours

Snap showed some nice demo’s of what it can do with augmented reality. AR personalises reality. Again, we can look at the same object and my experience can be totally different from yours, just like a news feed.

What if AR meets all the problems Facebook and Youtube have? Would you let your kids use it?

Snap summit picture

hello @snap?

Snap New York building

“LSD had a great run tbh.… “?

Generative tools

Design tools will enable more people to become a designer or take part in the act of design. It’s similar to what mobile camera’s and Instagram did to photography.

It could cause a wave of creativity when the same would happen to visual content creation (I’m not sure how to call this).

A peak into how men and machine will work together to make things.

Ai Art

Artificial intelligence: art’s weird and wonderful new medium?

Ai drawing tool

Stroke of Genius: GauGAN Turns Doodles into Stunning, Photorealistic Landscapes?

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Generative Design

Wilbert on Design, March

Hi, this is the first edition of Diverge/Converge a monthly e-mail on Design and Strategy. Things that I find personally fascinating.

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Design in 2019

Designing Your Design Work, Carissa Carter, 2016

Design in Tech Report 2019 John Maeda designintech.report

Last week John Maeda published his yearly design in tech report

Video

The trend that stands out for me is that design is more about designing your design work. Which was already a trend coming up last year in a presentation by Carissa Carter.

Designers find themselves more often designing a system that fuels designs. For example a design system, a wysiwyg editor or state of the art Ai driven system.

A very interesting topic and we’re only scratching the surface.

Design automation

Slide from the 2019 trends from the Future Today Institute

2019 Tech Trends Annual Report

futuretodayinstitute.com

Design automation is still on the rise and this year it made it to the ‘keep vigilant watch’ of Amy Webb’s yearly tech report.

Not only do our design tools get better, algorithms are taking over a lot of jobs that can be done manually, but are require a lot of time or craftsmanship. Better, more accessible tools democratise design and the act of making something.

For example Spectre uses machine learning to create a beautiful time-lapsed pictures, something very difficult before. Or take a tool like colourise, it takes a black and white picture and colourises it, with a focus Singaporean photos. Or SC-FEGAN, a tool for altering faces just by drawing on them.

Pinterest on steroids

If these generative tools move from pictures to video (and they already did) we eventually move beyond 3D-modelling to create alternate realities that look completely real.

This kind of generative technology can also used towards turning any idea into pictures or maybe even a technical scheme. Think what this can do for architecture or interior design. It’s like talking to Pinterest or turning a mood-board into AutoCAD. Increasing accessibility by lowering the technical barrier.

Inspiration

Amazing Medusa clock by Maximilian Büsser/MB&F

The watch website Hodinkee makes a Podcast and they have some great long discussions with designers and their passion for design and engineering.

Maximilian Büsser

Jason Fried

Yves Béhar

The history of Design Thinking

Divergent and Convergent thinking. Image designthinking.ideo.com

Design Thinking by IDEO

designthinking.ideo.com

IDEO popularised Design Thinking. The definition is quite broad. For me it’s applying skills designers learned to bigger problems that aren’t necessarily a design problem, but a human problem. And allow non-designers to use them.

It’s a different way of looking at a problem. Long time IDEO was on the forefront of this design domain. It’s great they created this overview. IDEO and Design Thinking contributed a lot to how design is spreading through companies.

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Design Projects

Visual Thinking workshop with Dave Gray

Today I joined a visual thinking workshop by Dave Gray. Author of Gamestorming and The Connected Company. I really enjoyed it and learned some interesting new tips and tricks.