The introduction of new technology in the 21st century is impacting on many different areas of our lives and is developing at such a rapid pace that it is sometimes difficult to keep up. For the “digital generation,” technology has become second nature. For the designer rooted in traditional processes, technology is no longer possible to ignore. Some designers see it as a challenge to introduce new digital methods into their work, while others are fiercely protective of their tradition and craft.
This chapter looks at whether it is possible for a designer to maintain the “hand” quality of their work while using new technology. The first part of the chapter, “Combining old and new,” looks at how designers are finding ...