Things change, things stay the same
The career world consists of staple jobs that will never disappear. Among these are: doctors, teachers, and firefighters.
But, much like everything else, the career world is subject to trends. As a result, what is popular and in-demand now may be obsolete a few years down the road.
This is true of the now popular graphic design career. John Brownlee created a rundown of the five graphic design jobs that will disappear in the future, as well as seven related jobs that are expected to grow.
This information was gathered by Brownlee speaking with design leaders from Frog, Artefact, Ideo, and the like.
The timespan of the five-dead, seven-living jobs is over the next 15 years.
The final five
The five jobs expected to die out are: User experience designers, visual designers, design researchers, traditional industrial designers, and chief design officers.
Also known as UX designers, user experience designers are currently among the most in-demand graphic designers. However, the job has become rather broad over time and is expected to fizzle out because its components may be usurped by other, more defined positions.
Visual designers are primarily used to construct the way something (an app, for example) looks. This alone will begin to fade as visual design must begin to work in conjunction with programming and prototyping skills. The idea is to make the trade of visual design more diverse.
Design researchers, as a lone job, will eventually dwindle due to the fact that it will become imperative for anyone in the graphic design field to have the skills to research.
As time goes on, new technologies including virtual reality, are putting the kabash on design research.
Eventually, traditional aspects tend to go out the window and it is no different for traditional industrial designers. These guys and gals may be too focused on the sculptural look of a product; the problem is, it is becoming more software and technologically-based, so the industrial design will simply mold into something new.
Lastly, chief design officers are fading in a similar fashion to researchers. Everyone on an executive level should have the design skills that a chief would hold, so the necessity for a single person spearheading design could become unnecessary.
But, it’s not all bad news, as there are design jobs expected to flourish over the next 15 years. Among these are: Virtual interaction designers, specialist material designers, algorithmic/AI design specialists, post-industrial designers, design strategists, organization designers, and freelance designers.
Virtual interaction designers will find a boost in demand as virtual and augmented reality becomes a more lucrative industry.
More and more designers will be needed to create technologies such as chatbots and immersive tools.
Specialist material designers are people with skills on a specific material. One of these skills projected to become more popular is for people that know how to sew. Specifically, people who can sew structural soft goods in order to create wearable tech instruments.
Algorithmic/AI design specialists will be needed to further different technologies. While there has always been the fear of robots and machines taking over humans, there will always need to be a human element in order to successfully create certain tools.
Post-industrial designers are responsible for creating experiences that blend the physical and virtual worlds. Much like how a Fitbit tracks your physical motion through a virtual app, this trend will continue as everyday activities find their digital component.
Strategy is always a necessity in any career field. Because of this, design strategists will continue to be an integral element for any graphic design project requiring execution.
These strategists also act as PR reps for business by appropriately utilizing social media.
And, like strategy, organization will never stop being important. So, organization designers will always be needed in order to keep projects on task so they can come to fruition.
Finally, freelance designers, like many other freelance roles, will continue to boom. This is because it is now easier to find a freelancer who has an extraordinarily specialized skill set; and it is easier to get access to them working on their own than through a company.
So fret not, designers of 2016, your roles are evolving, not disappearing (sorry to disappoint you, robot conspiracy theorists).
Chasing Clubhouse success? How the audio chat room trend affects products
(BUSINESS NEWS) It is inevitable that when a new successful trend comes along, other companies will try to make lightning strike twice. Will the audio chat room catch on?
Businesses are always about the hot new thing. People are the always looking for the easiest dollar with the least amount of effort these days. It tends to lead to products that are shoddy and horribly maintained with the least amount of flexibility in pleasing their customers. However, you also have to look at the customer base for this as well. You follow where the money is because that’s where its being spent. It’s like a merry-go-round, constantly chasing the next thing. And the latest of these is the audio chat room.
During the pandemic the entire world saw an eruption of social audio investments. Silicon Valley has gone crazy with this new endeavor. On the 18th of April this year, Clubhouse said it closed on some new funding, which was valued at $4 billion for a live audio app. This thing is still in beta without a single penny of revenue!
The list of other companies who have pursued new audio suites (either through purchase or creation) include:
This whole new audio fad is still in its infancy. These social media and tech giants are all jumping headlong into it with who knows how much forethought. A number of them have their own issues to deal with, but they’ve put things aside to try and grab these audio chat room coattails that are running by. It’s a mix of feelings about the situation honestly. They are trying to survive and keep their customers.
If a competitor creates this new capability and they stay stagnant then they lose customers. If they do this however without dealing with their current issues then they could also lose people. It’s an interesting catch 22 for people out there. Which group do you fall in? Are you antsy for a new toy or are you waiting for one of these lovely sites to fix a problem? It’s another day in capitalism.
This web platform for cannabis is blowing up online distribution
(BUSINESS NEWS) Dutchie, a website platform for cannabis companies, just octupled in value. Here’s what that means for the online growth of cannabis distribution.
The cannabis industry has, for the most part, blossomed in the past few years, managing to hit only a few major snags along the way. One of those snags is the issue of payment processing, an issue compounded by predominantly cash-only transactions. Dutchie, a Bend, Oregon company, has helped mitigate that issue—and it just raised a ton of money.
Technically, Dutchie is a jack-of-all-trades service that creates and hosts websites for dispensaries, tracks product, processes orders, keeps stock of revenue, and so much more. While it was valued at around $200 million as recently as summer of 2020, a round of series C funding currently puts the company at around $1.7 billion—approximately 8 times its worth a mere 8 months ago.
There are a few reasons behind Dutchie’s newfound momentum. For starters, the pandemic made cannabis products a lot more accessible—and desirable—in states in which the sale of cannabis is legal. The ensuing surge of customers and demand certainly didn’t hurt the platform, especially given that Dutchie is largely responsible for keeping things on track during some of the more chaotic months for dispensaries.
Several states in which the sale of cannabis was illegal also voted to legalize recreational use, giving Dutchie even more stomping ground than they had prior to the lockdown.
Dutchie also recently took on 2 separate companies and their associated employees, effectively doubling their current staff. The companies are Greenbits—a resource planning group—and Leaflogix, which is a point-of-sale platform. With these two additions to their compendium, Dutchie can operate as even more of an all-in-one suite, which absolutely contributes to its value as a company.
Ross Lipson, who is Dutchie’s co-founder and current CEO, is fairly dismissive of investment opportunities for the public at the moment, saying he instead prefers to stay “focused with what’s on our plate” for the time being. However, he also appears open to the possibility of going public via an acquisition company.
“We look at how this decision brings value to the dispensary and the customer,” says Lipson. “If it brings value, we’d embark on that decision.”
For now, Dutchie remains the ipso facto king of cannabis distribution and sales—and they don’t show any plans to slow down any time soon.
Ford adopts flexible working from home schedule for over 30k employees
(BUSINESS NEWS) Ford Motor Co. is allowing employees to continue working from home even after the pandemic winds down. Is this the beginning of a trend for auto companies?
The pandemic has greatly transformed our lives. For the most part, learning is being conducted online. At one point, interacting with others was pretty much non-existent. Working in the office shifted significantly to working remotely, and it seems like working from home might not go away anytime soon.
As things slowly get back to a new “normal”, will things change again? Well, one thing is sure. Working from home will be a permanent thing for some people as more companies opt to continue letting people work remotely.
And, the most recent company on the list to do this is Ford Motor Co. Even after the pandemic winds down, Ford will allow more than 30,000 employees already working from home to continue doing so.
Last week, the automaker giant announced its “flexible hybrid model” schedule to its staff. The new schedule is set to start in the summer, and employees can choose to work remotely and come into the office for tasks that require face-to-face collaborations, such as meetings and group projects.
How much time an employee spends in the office will depend on their responsibilities, and flexible remote hours will need to be approved by an employee’s manager.
“The nature of work drives whether or not you can adopt this model. There are certain jobs that are place-dependent — you need to be in the physical space to do the job,” David Dubensky, chairman and chief executive of Ford Land, told the Washington Post. “Having the flexibility to choose how you work is pretty powerful. … It’s up to the employee to have dialogue and discussion with their people leader to determine what works best.”
Ford’s decision to implement a remote-office work model has to do in part with an employee survey conducted in June 2020. Results from the survey showed that 95% of employees wanted a hybrid schedule. Some employees even reported feeling more productive when working from home.
Ford is the first auto company to allow employees to work from home indefinitely, but it might not be the only one. According to the Post, Toyota and General Motors are looking at flexible options of their own.
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