So I recently read this article written by Cady Bean-Smith over at Moonshot Labs/Barkley and it was very interesting because it aligned with so much other information I had gained today as well as some recent thoughts I’ve had.
The article discusses the role of technology in our lives as we continue to develop new devices and solutions. Over the course of last year, I learned that design is beyond just making functional art work that can be used for sharing of information and presentation, design branches out into the creation of things that could enhance our lives on many levels. Thus, it would only make sense that design is becoming more considerate of the audience, becoming more human-centric as we put the needs of the people, psychologically, physically, and mentally at the forefront of our creative briefs.
When Cady writes of how Moonshot Labs takes both “an emerging technology trend and a cultural trajectory” and attempts to solve a problem that we didn’t know we had, it reminded me of our discussions about the Internet of Things (another interesting article that I read). From a philosophical standpoint, it seems as if mankind is trying to invent devices that will help them attain god status, maybe not a literal and apparent level, but I definitely believe that this is a subconsciously unspoken desire of everyone (you can thank Freud’s theories on religion and the ego, superego, and id for these thoughts–due to me reading one of his books a few semesters ago). From a more practical, literal standpoint, we seem to be pushing towards a more convenient culture as we create these things that are meant to improve our lives.
Though I’ve thought about how powerful our cell phones are now a days, it was really crazy seeing how much actual computing power and physical machines were able to be blended into one compact tool (screenshot of part of Cady’s article below).