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The design of everyday technology

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Above, the Nokia Morph concept smartphone, jointly developed by Nokia and the University of Cambridge’s Nanoscience Centre in 2008

In this first part of the 21st century is witnessing a radical change in the role of designers, as well as in the product manufacturing industry.
The crisis of the western manufacturing industry, particularly in the furniture business, the socio-economic transformations connected to the decline of the middle class, the thorough standardization of products – in the automotive industry, for example – the advent of new needs and social paradigms and the decrease of many of those typical of the 20th century. This is changing the role of designers as we knew it.
On the one hand, some of them are moving towards self-production and high-end craft design; on the other hand, product design is changing shape, and designers are required to adapt to such a change.
While the traditional “middle-class house” objects are thinning out, together with the social models behind them, new paths open up daily in everyday technology design. From smartphone to apps, from augmented reality devices to virtual assistants, from self-driving vehicles to human-machine interface design.
They all are “design of everyday technology”, which sometimes builds on the past by developing 20th-century ideas, as in the case of many designs by Jonathan Ive for Apple, while sometimes it is forced to walk off the beaten path, as in the case of self-driving and augmented reality technology-based products. This page presents a brief but reasoned selection of the most interesting projects that designers and companies are developing and experimenting in this field.


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our articles about The design of everyday technology

3D printing and digital manufacturing. Is the future of design here?

3D printing and digital manufacturing. Is the future of design here?

3D printing and digital manufacturing. Available technologies, present situation, future scenarios, and impact on product design and Industry 4.0
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Apple iPhone’s design – from the the 1st generation to iPhone X

Apple iPhone’s design – from the the 1st generation to iPhone X

From the first generation to the iPhone X, the design of the Apple iPhone, how it was conceived by Steve Jobs and Jony Ive, and its influence on tech design
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Are minimalist cell phones really an antidote to the always-connected way of life?

Are minimalist cell phones really an antidote to the always-connected way of life?

Two new “minimalist” cell phones - The Light Phone 2 and Punkt MP02 - challenge the very concept of smartphone. Is it a technological breakthrough or much ado for nothing?
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Is the future of smartphones flexible?

Is the future of smartphones flexible?

The introduction of flexible OLED displays for mobile computing devices is creating a new generation of rollable, bendable and foldable smartphones
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Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality device – our test and review

Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality device – our test and review

Will Microsoft HoloLens Mixed Reality wearable device change the way we work? After testing in June 2016, we present here our review, opinion, and a verdict
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YAPE -Your Autonomous Pony Express – won the 2019 German Design Award

YAPE -Your Autonomous Pony Express – won the 2019 German Design Award

YAPE - autonomous electric vehicle for urban delivery, designed by Italy's e-Novia, has recently won the prestigious German Design Award 2019.
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