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Product Design

Design Democracy

Our 2015 Industry Trend spotlights how the design industry is opening up to all-comers. In this free-for-all landscape, everyone – including designer, manufacturer and consumer – has a contribution to make. Perhaps alarming, undoubtedly exhilarating, the new Design Democracy transforms design into an ever-more collaborative process, where professional and amateur alike can make their input. We believe the end result will be revolutionary and transformative.

Design Democracy Reports
Shift
Shift
Shift
Transformative product design, with flexibility at its core, provides for any eventuality. While profound social shifts are changing the world, the new Connection Economy, with networks digitally mapped around the globe, offers huge potential. 
Product Design
Design Democracy
17 Jul 2013
Outsider
Outsider
Outsider
Consumers are enjoying a new degree of control over, and insight into, the design process – a trend that is certain to grow in the years ahead. Everyone’s an engineer, a creator, an inventor. Coinciding with this openness is the growing influence of the sometimes naïve, but always honest, Outsider art movement. People are looking beyond the conventional.
Product Design
Design Democracy
17 Jul 2013
Obscure
Obscure
Obscure
A new visual aesthetic and artistic style is gathering pace, in part inspired by the Pretty Ugly movement and a visual rebellion in graphic design. Access to the internet’s wealth of art and design references informs an aesthetic not linked to any particular design movement or era, but with designs drawn from a melting pot of references. 
Product Design
Design Democracy
17 Jul 2013
Slow
Slow
Slow
Learn again to take the slow route to perfection. It began back in the 1980s with the Slow Food movement, but only now do we appreciate the deep roots planted by these pioneers, and how their values have spread way beyond gastronomy. A focus on slow production methods, based on sustainable values, reflects a yearning for authenticity and a return to basics.
Product Design
Design Democracy
13 Aug 2013
Integrate
Integrate
Integrate
For all its dominance in the modern world, technology can be curiously alienating to the average consumer. But technology should not be a stranger. Use it to integrate and work with your lifestyle – right here, right now. In our new world, we don’t need to be chained to our desks; domestic and work spaces can be reconfigured. Technology is the great enabler. Explore the potential of mood-enhancing spaces and products, using LED lighting to transformative effect. And make it a mission to beautify tech, reworking it in ways that are subtle and aesthetically pleasing, as well as functional.
Product Design
Design Democracy
13 Aug 2013
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17 Jul 2013
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