Interesting outline post on O’Reilly Radar by Mary Treseler (@marytreseler) digging into design applied to the complexity of connected devices and how design is becoming an asset inside more and more companies. The post is quite a collection of thoughts right now but it will be interesting to see what Radar curates in the space.

Worth a read and a newsletter sign-up for certain.

I’ll be watching for what’s next.

Design aligns humans and technology, it aligns business and engineering, it aligns digital and physical, and it aligns business needs and user needs.

Design is both the disruptor and being disrupted. It’s disrupting markets, organizations, and relationships, and forcing us to rethink how we live. The discipline of design is also experiencing tremendous growth and change, largely influenced by economic and technology factors. No longer an afterthought, design is now an essential part of a product, and it may even be the most important part of a product’s value.

IoT is also changing how designers are perceived and what is expected of them. Claire Rowland talks about the design stack for IoT: visual design, interaction design, interusability, industrial design, service design, conceptual models, productization, and platform design. Designers’ responsibilities are expanding at a dizzying pace.

The convergence of the physical and digital requires different groups coming together to solve real human problems. In addition to hardware and software engineers, industrial designers, interaction designers, visual designers, and user researchers all need to collaborate.

Organizations that value design and treat it as a corporate asset increase their odds of success. Conversely, organizations that minimize design’s impact and continue to treat it as an adjacent activity will fail. via O’Reilly Radar Experience design is shaping our future