Design in Tech Report 2017

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Key Observations this year:

  • Design isn’t just about beauty; it’s about market relevance and meaningful results.
  • At top business schools, design thinking is moving into the curriculum — driven by market demand.
  • Both McKinsey & Co and IBM have recently made appointments at their most senior levels for designers.
  • Adopting an inclusive design approach expands a tech product’s total addressable market.
  • Computational designers remain in demand at technology companies of all sizes and maturity levels.
  • Chinese design in tech principles and practices are leading the world, but are often overlooked.
  • Design tool companies and design community platforms occupy new positions of value for tech.
  • Voice- and chat-based interfaces are grounded in mental models that don’t require a visual representation.

VentureBeat’s Ken Yeung frames the new 2017 report in his related piece asking, “The tech industry needs more designers — are hybrid designer-developers the answer?”

Fast Company’s Katherine Schwab highlights the value of writing in the design process asserting, “Forget coding: writing is design’s unicorn skill.”

WIRED’s Liz Stinson posits, “When ‘design’ is no longer distinguishable from ‘tech,’ someday, design might not need Maeda’s 50-page reports to extol its virtues.” I agree!

áccent’s Anna Savina summarizes, “Designers’ role will be to support the social conscience of the product.”

Designer of the Design in Tech Report, Fatimah Kabba, tells the story of how the report came to be. And she also provides useful advice on how to make a report.

An executive summary of the main points of the Design in Tech Report are up on LinkedIn Pulse if you’re looking for an as-simple-as-possible format.

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View the 2016 Design in Tech Report which framed the three kinds of design you need to know about to be successful in tech today.

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View the inaugural 2015 Design In Tech Report which has received over 1M cumulative views to date, and was one of SlideShare’s Best of 2015.

8 More Hours To Design In Tech Report 2017

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Okay! The 2017 Design in Tech Report is now 95% complete. Tomorrow at 9:30am it will be presented live at SXSW, and will be available for download on this site. Thanks for being curious about what’s inside — it has been a fun challenge to create. —JM

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View the 2016 Design in Tech Report which framed the three kinds of design you need to know about to be successful in tech today.

2015reportDesign in Tech Report 2015


View the inaugural 2015 Design In Tech Report which has received over 1M cumulative views to date, and was one of SlideShare’s Best of 2015.

3.5 Days to Design in Tech Report 2017

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This year’s report will include a slide on a few design trends in China because they are sooooo advanced over there with respect to mobile use patterns. Dan Grover’s blog first got me keyed into what I wasn’t seeing in Silicon Valley (not the TV show, but the real place).

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Designer Fatimah Kabba is ensuring that the Design in Tech Report is much better designed than in previous years. Uh … the previous year’s main designer was me.

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6 Days to Design in Tech Report 2017

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I’ve taken this opportunity to go finally learn Snapchat. I love it! —JM

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