The Future Of Work: a recap



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Last Monday night, I was 1 of 5 product designers on the Future of Work panel, part of AIGA’s San Francisco Design Week. Focusing on the ever-evolving role of the designer, our conversation covered everything from whether designers need coding skills in the future, to the impact of current trends on the industry, to the skillsets companies look for when hiring a product designer.

Here’s a recap for those who weren’t able to attend the sold-out event.

The panelists

Ryan Donahue, VP of Design at Zendesk, moderated the panel.

The conversation

So what does the future look like for product designers, according to me and my fellow panelists? We mostly agreed on the following points:

Design won’t just be valued as visual—it’ll be the common theme in a company.

Ryan said it best: start getting weird. Designers need to feel comfortable doing things that are different from what everyone else is doing, so cut through the clutter and push yourself to do more. That’s how change happens.

The Future of Work provided some valuable insight into what the next few years hold for product designers. And that future looks pretty bright.


Dennis Field
Dennis Field is a designer, educator, and cofounder of the web consulting studio, Greenline Creative. He’s passionate about helping other designers reach their goals and is currently working on his first book, The Designer’s Handbook. Find him on Twitter @dennis_field.

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