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Designing for the Future : Trends We Need to Consider Now

Can you design a dress, car, or interior to future-proof it?

The answer is yes, to an extent, and this is definitely something to consider when initiating a new project.  Let me tell you why. Any design blossoms from creativity. Hopefully that’s innovative in itself, but to be successful (and profitable) long term, the design must be timeless. Timelessness in style is one aspect, and functionality is another. Designers are inevitably creating a product for an increasingly more conscious and knowledgeable consumer. This means the design must fulfill a need. It has to provide an answer to an unasked question, have a solution for a social, economic, or environmental issue, while anticipating the problems we’ll face globally going forward. Can design do all this? Of course, look back at innovation in design historically and what made it successful.

There are many artists who are pioneering across a lengthening list of industries, but to stay with the theme of my blog I am going to take examples from fashion:

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A jewelry company that takes the unexploded bombs in Laos and melts the metal into fine wearable pieces.


Researchers from MIT have taken cells and introduced them into athletic clothing for more breathable and comfortable wear.

Angela Luna

A student from Parson’s New School created wearable tents for Syrian refugees.


A company that creates rings and bracelets to be used as a fitness tracker and meditation guide from an app.

Iris Van Herpen

A Dutch fashion designer incorporates technology and sustainability into her intricate works.

From these examples we know designing for the future means; designing sustainably/ethically/locally (with all the nuances that this includes), integrating technology, and multi-functionality. To do this the designer must be open to incorporating new ideas, restructuring, experimenting, and cross collaborating in industries such as science and art. For their design to sustain long term they must design selflessly, consciously, intend to add something beautiful aesthetically, while also providing preventative action for foreseeable future dilemmas. In our fast paced lives, an over-populated world, and one of excess, it’s no longer enough to create just to create. We must create to advance.

What does designing for the future mean to you? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Please comment below!


“This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organized by CGTrader

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