Designing the New Normal: A Viral Keynote by Anab Jain [VIDEO]
"I decided to go for a broad sweep," she explains, "a rapid fire slideshow highlighting some current disruptive trends that also facilitate technological empowerment, and what they might mean for the design profession." In her ten minute presentation, Jain showed examples of some of the game-changing projects currently underway that have the potential to dramatically change the world. From guns made from 3D Printers to the development of plastic-eating bacteria designed to clean up ocean pollution, Jain presented a unique collection of design prototypes. "I wanted to highlight the impact of seemingly peripheral trends on mainstream industry," she says, using these trends to explain how "tasks that would once have required the brute force of a nation or mega-corporation can now be achieved by a small company, a like-minded group of collaborators, or even a lone individual."
This new normal, she says, where technological empowerment means that a design studio has to compete with an "open source community of hackers," poses unique challenges for designers in the modern world. At Superflux, she attempts to employ a dedicated focus on community and collaboration to harness the true spirit of innovation. She combines both consultancy and design into her studio, and has worked with some of the largest companies in the world and won several awards for her innovative approach. In her fascinating keynotes, she explains that designing for the future requires us to rethink traditional business models and rework the way we interact and collaborate in the creative sector.