17 January 2008

Masters of collaboration

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Business Week reports on how the 21st century design environment trades individual stars for teamwork uniting designers, engineers, anthropologists, and others.

“Just as forward-thinking engineering firms have worked to team up with design partners to offer a holistic output to clients, many design consultancies have responded to the seismic shifts in technology and culture by adopting a radical, collaborative approach—in stark contrast with the magician/know-it-all designer type of old. And while there may well be outsize personalities within the consultancies’ offices, the new philosophy seems to sit comfortably within these open-source, consumer/user-driven times. […]”

Rather than depending on the unique vision of a star designer or two, these companies assemble teams of specialists who perform face-to-face studies of consumer behavior and they work closely with their clients throughout the creative process. The aim is to come up with products and experiences that fit clients’ customers, rather than express the individual tastes of designers.”

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