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Design 4.0: leading design in the new industry

Design 4.0: leading design in the new industry

Is there a need for designers to up their skills and knowledge in the new industrial revolution? Yes, but it comes with its own set of challenges.A.I. won an arts competition, causing an uproar in the arts community (source: Jason Allen)The art community is going through a terrible storm of words over the latest annual art competition at the Colorado State Fair. As it turns out, the artist, Jason M. Allen, won a prize for his work, “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial.” The catch? It was done with a line of text through an artificial intelligence program called Midjourney. Artists are disillusioned as they sense the beginning of the end is there in the writing. As the creator, Allen, said, “Art is dead, dude. It’s over. A.I. won. Humans lost.”While the art community continues to grapple with the emergence of DALLE-2 and GPT-3, an invisible force known as Industry 4.0 is at play, and none of us are out of the woods. In fact, the world is not putting the brakes on technological progress either. Rather, both producers and consumers are gradually embracing the transformative effects it has on society and the economy.Where does this leave the designer, and how do we embrace this new era? Perhaps there is a way to look at this from a half-cup-full perspective. To do this, we should understand how Industry 4.0 got to where it is today.The four industrial revolutions as a visual (source: Spectral Engines)In Industry 1.0, dating back to the 18th century, steam-powered machinery, allowing people to free themselves to work with their bare hands or with simple tools.Industry 2.0 prompted the rise of assembly lines due to the introduction of oil and electricity, which brought about the emergence of automation in the late 19th century. Telegraphic communication was also invented in this time period.In the 20th century, the world entered into Industry 3.0, also known as the Information Age. This was the time period when computers, data analytics, cellphones, and the Internet were introduced. It was possible to run a factory without human assistance.In 2011, the German government started using the term “Industry 4.0” in one of its high-tech strategy forums, but it was only popularized by Klaus Schwab during the World Economic Forum in 2015. In other words, Industry 4.0 is a relatively new phase, leading to a myriad of many ongoing conversations on what constitutes its defining technology. Collectively, most people can agree that Industry 4.0 is an advanced use of the Internet, where technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, IOT, and advanced robotics can be achieved due to a highly connected cloud environment. It is worth noting that this list continues to grow with additive manufacturing, gene editing, blockchain, and metaverse being added to it, which brings us to the present.New times, new designerAs with every new change, our human brain generates a fight-or-flight response. Designers are at a similar crossroads in terms of deciding whether to embrace new technology or stick with the status quo. Take the diffusion of innovations model by Professor Everett Rogers as a reference. Essentially, there are two extreme groups of people when it comes to adopting technology. The innovators are the first movers, whilst the laggards are those who reject the current paradigm. Hence, not everyone is agreeable with Industry 4.0. More specifically, given its recency,  » Read More

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The term "web design" describes the layout of websites that are seen online. Instead of software development, it typically refers to the user experience components of website development. The primary focus of web design used to be creating websites for desktop browsers, but from the middle of the 2010s, designing for mobile and tablet browsers has gained significance.

What is a webdesigner?

A web designer is responsible for a website's look, feel, and occasionally even content. For instance, appearance refers to the colors, text, and images utilized. Information's organization and categorization are referred to as its layout. An effective web design is user-friendly, aesthetically pleasing, and appropriate for the target audience and brand of the website. Many websites focus on keeping things simple so that viewers won't be distracted or confused by additional information and functionality. Removing as many potential sources of user annoyance as possible is a crucial factor to take into account because the foundation of a web designer's output is a site that gains and nurtures the trust of the target audience.

Responsive and adaptive design are two of the most popular techniques for creating websites that function well on both desktop and mobile devices. In adaptive design, the website content is fixed in layout sizes that correspond to typical screen sizes, while in responsive design, information moves dynamically based on screen size. A layout that is as consistent as possible across devices is essential to preserving user engagement and trust. Designers must be cautious when giving up control of how their work will appear because responsive design can be challenging in this area. While they might need to diversify their skill set if they are also in charge of the content, they will benefit from having complete control over the final output.

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A web designer is a member of the IT industry who is in charge of planning a website's structure, aesthetic appeal, and usability.

A skilled site designer must possess both technical know-how and creative graphic design abilities. They must be able to envision how a website will seem (its graphical design) and how it will operate (conversion of a design into a working website).

The terms web developer and designer are frequently used interchangeably but erroneously. In order to construct more complex interactions on a website, such as the integration with a database system, a web developer is frequently more likely to be a software developer who works with programming languages.