Design in Tech 2018 – Become a Hybrid

If you are doing UX you will have come across this Design in Tech report by John Maeda.

Last year 2017 report key points:

  • Classical design vs Computation Design (Which is where design is heading.
  • Design is no longer about Beauty but market relevance.
  • At top business schools, design thinking is moving into the curriculum — driven by market demand.
  • Design tool companies and design community platforms occupy new positions of value for tech.

You can read more about it here on Linkedin and see a cool info-graphic summary on Visual Capitalist.

This year feels about about embracing the changes and needs to upskill and retool oneself if you want to stay ahead in Design.

Don’t be afraid of AI and become a Hybrid

I feel that with all the animation stuff and web design I have been doing it falls into the group of classical design.

Lately I have been trying to get back into code to understand how things work in a computer program. But more importantly will be non-tech skills these are things that won’t get disrupted with technology.

Here are some skiils as a computational Designer will need.

10 Valuable design skills.

I think there will be a need for Designer Hybrids. There is no harm in learning new skills though how fast I can learn them is yet to be seen.

This is a good time for designers if you are dealing with tech related roles or software industry. But will need to get those soft-skills to become more valuable.

Maybe its a challenge for me in 2019 to build upon these and upskill.


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Teh William, Weiqing

William Teh, Weiqing A Designer turn UI Developer. Animator Apprentice learning to be a Wizard Storyteller. Coding Interactive worlds one pixel at a time. Read More @

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