5 Design Jobs That Won't Exist in the Future - and 6 Jobs That will Grow
Yvonne contributes a growing design profession to this article.
Specialist Material Designers
Yvonne Lin of 4B Collective believes that in the near future, there will be a growing need for designers who can work in and across different types of materials. For example, she sees bamboo architects as being an up-and-coming design field, as the Western world embraces "the possibilities of a weight-bearing material that can grow three feet in 24 hours and can be bent, laminated, joined, and stripped," as Asia has.
She also says that designers who can sew will soon be in hot demand to create structural soft goods. What's a structural soft good? Think of the kind of things MIT's Neri Oxman designs, or wearables that are as much tech as textile: a blend of circuit boards and fabrics, like Google's Project Jacquard.
"Today, there is a skill and knowledge gap between the soft- and hard-good world. Very few people know how to work in both," she says. "The intelligent mixing of fabrics (for comfort) and plastics and metals (for structure and function) would have significant benefits for health care and sports products. As people live longer and as sports participation increases the demand for these more comfortable and higher performance products will increase." Maybe even tomorrow's Air McFlys.