Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Is Industrial (Product) Design Dead?

This question was brought to my attention first as a graduate student studying product design.

Yes, I was shocked by the suggestion, but grew to understand how dominate the digital components of many products had become in creating the value of a consumer device. At the same time manufacturing capabilities worked to cheapen the value of form as a design element that created value through appearance.

"Say it Ain't So: Some say designers working today on consumer devices are merely making a container for software. We're not using physical products anymore, we're using software products. Software has made hardware irrelevant."
-Brad Weed, director of user experience for Windows

In the interview posted earlier, Steve Jobs states clearly and more than once that he holds this belief. He describe Apples as a software company. So what is a product guy/gal to do?

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