The Future of Product Design

How Emerging Technologies Are Disrupting the Product Lifecycle

The Future of Product Design

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Design and production considerations change throughout any product's lifecycle—from prototype to market introduction, through growth and maturity, and finally into decline—with each stage introducing its own set of challenges. But emerging technologies such as 3D printing, robotics, and the IoT are disrupting every stage of this lifecycle as they reinvigorate existing categories and create entirely new ones.

In this report, Jonathan Follett from Involution Studios examines from a designer's perspective the ways emerging technologies are affecting the product lifecycle, and explores various options for companies looking at new ways of approaching product design and development.

Today, not only must companies contend with the difficulties of introducing emerging tech into their product portfolio, they must also negotiate a labyrinth of complex factors, as the product design and development cycle itself is remade by these new technologies as well. This report will help you to understand and navigate this new world of product design.

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Jonathan Follett

Jonathan Follett

Jon Follett is a Principal at Involution Studios where he is a leader of the firm’s emerging technologies practice, working with clients like Partners HealthCare, the Personal Genome Project, and Walgreens. His work has been featured in the Atlantic, Forbes, the Huffington Post, and WIRED. Jon is an author of four books including “Designing for Emerging Technologies” (O’Reilly Media, 2014), which offers a glimpse into what future interactions and user experiences may look like for rapidly developing technologies — from genomics to nano printers to workforce robotics. His articles on UX and information design have been translated into Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Polish, and Portuguese. In addition to his technology writing, Jon has co-authored a series of alt culture books on UFOs and millennial madness. Jon’s forthcoming science fiction novel, “Marvin and the Moths” will be published by Scholastic in 2016.