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For example, 1+, the largest pro bono design marketplace in the world, connects
nonprofits with interior design and architectural firms to work collaboratively to
address space needs. Creating these linkages online enables both designers and
worthy organizations to make dreams a reality.
Perhaps nobody is more quickly leveraging the power of technology than today’s
design students. It’s not surprising. Millennials have a more positive view of how
technology is affecting their lives than any other generation. According to a Nielsen
study, more than 74 percent feel technology makes their lives easier, a belief that
will no doubt be evident in ASID’s upcoming National Student Summit, which takes
place February 26-28, 2016, at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
With a different attitude about and fluency with these new platforms and
tools, today’s young designers are dramatically reshaping how the industry shares
information and thinks about design solutions.
Technology’s impact on design has already been transformative and will, without
question, continue to grow in the coming years. Rather than avoid it, or hesitate,
we must embrace the empowering opportunities technology can provide.
Sandy Gordon, FASID, LEED AP, is the chair of the Board of Directors for the
American Society of Interior Designers, and principal of SGI Interiors in Madison,
Wisc. Learn more about ASID at asid.org.