Senior Editor, Details
Millennials--roughly speaking, adults born after 1980--are an ascendant cultural force. They built and popularized Facebook. They were the reason Barack Obama got elected. Design played a pivotal role in both of those endeavors, and it factors into the sensibilities of millennials more than it did previous generations. How do the key characteristics of those projects--emerging applications for technology, new online social configurations, the promise of social change--reflect millennial attitudes toward design? Are millennials shaping a discrete approach to design--like, say, postmodernism, or the International style--with a recognizable set of values and aesthetics?
Are millennials forging a distinct new design ethos?
Executive Director, Parley Creative Group
Max gave the final word
It has been noted that if there is a movement for the present day, its boundaries are still ill-defined. It may be that we exist in a moment without unified movement, or that the historians of the near-future will part the veils of time and see something definite in us that we couldn’t understand for ourselves. I’d say millenials- and the technologies we’ve grown up with and helped to define are not directly creating a design movement, because we are busy moving in all directions, and because we seem to embody a certain level of historical eclecticism. What’s more, it’s never an entire generation that writes the final word in any chapter of design history; it’s those who actually create things. That said, our generation, as much as any other, has a deep will to creation, and any distinct future movements in design will be indelibly influenced by our achievements- I like to think millennials will be known for creating something great, but for now, my guess is that we’re too immersed in the process of creation- creation of ourselves and our realities amidst the surroundings of a rapidly-changing world- to know for certain what that will be.
Tuesday, November 30 at 5:25pm
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