Designer. Maker. User

Figure 1.0  Location: The Design Museum. Photo by: Tadu Nyasulu

Design is not what it looks like and feels like. Design is HOW IT WORKS!

Steve Jobs

Two weeks ago, it was a complete pleasure to visit the Design museum to experience first hand the ability to see an idea or concept from three different perspectives; The Designer, The maker and The user and evaluating how all three perspectives depend on each other and how they can be used interchangeably. For instance how the user can influence what is to be designed and how the designer needs to have the maker in mind in-order to ensure practicality or simply how the maker needs to understand the designers vision during creation of the product or service.

I got the chance to see how various inventions came into place. (refer to Picture 1.0 below) as well as how technological and cultural advances have influenced various inventions (Refer to Picture 1.1 below). Looking at how things were done in the past and how they have changed made me think through how things will be in the next generation. It was both exciting and scary at the same time to see how technology and Artificial intelligence is gradually replacing/substituting humanity. 

Figure 1.2 Product evolution. Location: The Design Museum. Photo by: Tadu Nyasulu

Figure 1.3 Product evolution. Location: The Design Museum. Photo by: Tadu Nyasulu

This trip completely changed my perception of museums and helped me overcome the stereotype of museums being generally “boring”. It was exciting to see how products have evolved and how innovation has been a driver of this, but simultaneously, this experience left me questioning; if the human race have become this dependent on technology, and the increasing use of artificial intelligence in hospitals, schools, banks, airports, homes and generally day to day activities, where does that leave the working man/woman whose service or expertise is no longer substantial? Is anyone’s job safe? And how do these technological advances impact the economy in the long run? 

Innovation is taking two things that already exist and putting them together in a new way.                             Tom Freston



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