We recently conducted an interview with Professor Paul Rodgers who is Professor of Design Issues at Northumbria University. Some key highlights of our chat for me was around the reappraisal of designer’s core skills and questioning whether it has changed. Professor Rodgers believes that they have changed in that designers now need to get a handle on technology and learn how to develop networks. Networks are now really important to design practices to remain fluid and responsive. One of the major benefits digitization has brought to these type of studios is that those networks are much easier to develop, to retain, to exploit and to break. He also predicts a move towards localism and the re-establishment of craft being a key part of design in future practices.
You can find a summary of the interview in the Expert section of the website.