Vision on Design in society
The influence of technology is growing fast. Everything around us becomes “smarter” and automated and this has great influences on the society; Healthcare becomes better and faster, cars that drive on solar energy, people that are able to connect with the entire world and much more. But does society actually becomes more socially interactive? The world is striving for an automated world; Robots that will take over our daily activities, which also means: our jobs. Phones that distract us, with messages, from our face to face company. So does technology brings society together or does it drive us apart?
Society will lose their usefulness, they will lose their true selves and they will forget how to be human. Therefore, designing for the social interaction, so interaction between humans, will become much more important.
Society will need designs that bring people back together instead of further apart. Therefore designers have a responsibility about the influences our designs have. They need to consider if our products will satisfy and benefit society.
Design direction – social interaction design
In this world, where technology grows so fast that it will eventually drives people apart, it is highly important that we, as designers, also focus on the face-to-face interaction between humans.
Social interactions have a lot of positive influences on the behavior and health of the human being from young to old. Knowing how to socially interact is important to be able to communicate without problems, to be able to express yourself and to prevent isolation.
For a kid it is, for example, important to create a bond with their parents, this to improve their social-emotional developments. A kid that bonds ‘safely’ with his parents will communicate more easily and friendly with their peers.
For elderly, on the other hand, it is important to stay socially active to maintain their physical well-being and it also helps them to happily grow old. Having a lack of social interactions will give them a feeling of loneliness which is not beneficial to their well-being.
So instead of design better medical equipment that helps elderly to stay healthy we also have to focus more on how to keep them socially interactive, which will keep the elderly healthy.
I learn by doing. I am too stubborn to accept something unless I experienced it myself. Playing around, discovering and tweaking materials is something I love to do. If you ask people close around me, they will tell you that I was always looking for smart solutions with already existing, easy to lay your hands on, materials. Using products/materials in a different way than they were designed for is my specialty. I am curious, I love to try out new things, to taste, experience and do new things. This gives me more life experience and a broader perspective on the world. This is also a reason why I wanted to travel to the other end of the world to experience and see everything with my own eyes.
Besides this all, the previous semester at ID showed me that I can be a team player as well as being an individualist. The last semesters showed me my strengths and weaknesses and how to act upon that. I have a high sense of empathy yet direct to everyone.