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Why we're doing this:
Design needs to evolve along with society

People today have access to more data, broader communication networks and more computational power than ever before. But designers are often constrained by methods and tools which have not kept up with these developments. Consequently they face an increasing risk of becoming irrelevant as other players take the stage. Design requirements are changing, too, as the needs of yesterday are not necessarily the needs of today and tomorrow.


Collaborative - We believe that design should be truly inclusive.

The web has changed how we interact socially ... why doesn't it change how we design? People can now consume content anywhere, get involved and contribute to discussions quickly, easily and asynchronously, why is it then that the design process is still so formal and restricted? With modern interfaces all stakeholders can view, comment and participate in design more fully. This level of interaction can better inform the design process and has the potential to really improve the built outcome. "We are all designers."


Intelligent - Design should embrace automation and A.I. to free the designer and save time.

We now use algorithms to assist all kinds of complex and creative activities, like curating interesting articles and finding similar media, so why not also design? We believe that design tools should try to understand what the designer is trying to do so they can go beyond what is pre-programmed to help with insight and design assistance.


Evolutionary - Design is about testing and exploring many different possibilities to find the best ones.

We believe current processes don't support the multiplicity and comparative nature of what it takes to make a good design. We aim to develop methods which embrace the need to create many and varied options to find better performance as well as for creativity. This is much like evolution, within a world of design memes. "Some excel by becoming the fittest for a given situation; others excel by being most adaptable to changing situations. This is the underlying pattern of all history."


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