4D Design— The Promise of Programmable Physical Products

How shape-shifting could change how we design products and experiences.

Dependence on solid materials constrains how we currently design physical products. It gives physical objects a permanent nature, and while design is an inherently human endeavor that leverages form, function, and interaction to meet user needs, product design has had a difficult time meeting the ever-changing standards of what users expect from their objects.

It has everything to do with making designs fit a changing context. There isn’t usually a one-size-fits-all for every situation in which the product is being used. This has become an especially relevant notion in the digital age — a time when we use a variety of devices and platforms, often with a mobile element. Web design forced us to consider a more economically-efficient design approach.

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Author: Patrick van Hoof

Collect by: uxfree.com

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