The 4D product design industry is set for bigger and better success in 2019. As the New Year quickly approaches, there are already predictions and forecasts for what the world of product design will look like next year. In 2018, augmented reality, minimalistic less-is-more styles, and print branding were staple trends.
We don’t doubt that these will continue into next year, but what else will take centre stage in 2019, especially as the design industry is predicted to expand and grow by $162 million by 2022? Sustainable product innovation is becoming more crucial, and functionality will come to the forefront as a major focal point.
As always, technology will be a big part of product design and next year it looks as though the industry will highlight further that a piece of technology is about more than its aesthetics. The functionality of devices is being taken more seriously and is designed to implement more of it into our lives. We can’t see this dying down soon, especially not with several new smartphones and internet of things smart technology on the way.
Putting the spotlight on functionality instead of only the features and design is likely to be a big talking point. Especially now the internet of things is controlling more and more – like household utilities, transport, and even beauty products. It illustrates that functionality is a core component for 2019 and with more technology being introduced to the home, work, as well as leisure, it shows no signs of slowing down.
In a bid to do more to preserve the environment, product design is likely to take on some of the responsibility. Although quality means less waste, it doesn’t mean that the materials won’t end up being thrown away at some point down the line. Although waste is synonymous with packaging design such as coffee cups, straws, and single-use plastic containers, the problem of sustainability for brands and the planet alike face new challenge.
Technology has become another disposable to throw away similar to that of fast fashion. There’s no doubt that sourcing and using materials that don’t harm the environment, either when they are no longer usable or the cost to the planet to produce them, will become a priority of product design in the new year. Hopefully, this particular trend will prevail.
As the year comes to a close, there will no doubt be further developments and more trends to come.