The design and development landscape has never looked so rich and varied, with opportunities to create all manner of applications and content for an ever-broadening range of devices. But equally, those at the front lines of design and development have perhaps never had it so challenging, as they try to keep up with rapid technological change and new patterns of engagement, social interaction and delivery, while simultaneously delivering the right solutions to their users’ needs.
In this podcast, CIC Research Director, Bola Rotibi, speaks to Arno Gourdol, Adobe’s senior director leading the web platform and authoring team at the company, about the opportunities and challenges in this area. Arno has contributed directly to many of the leading creative tooling projects at Adobe, including the first version of Creative Suite and the Flash Runtime. In addition, prior to joining Adobe in 2001, he was a member of the user interface team at Apple that conceived, designed and implemented Aqua, the user interface of Mac’s OS 10.
This podcast discussion focused on how organizations and design and development teams can equip themselves to stay current and marketable, against the background of a rapidly changing technological landscape. In particular, as we move into a world that is seeing the “Internet of things”, it becomes paramount that enterprise organizations and generally those in the market of developing Apps either for internal and/or external audiences understand the impact to the design and development processes. All will need to act and be ready to embrace the necessary changes.
Specifically the discussion covered the following topics:
- The nature of the change – how devices are driving the need for better design
- How design and development teams are working more closely together
- The skills design and development teams need
- What all organizations can learn from the agency model
- How development teams can raise their own profiles
Alongside these topics, we also spoke to Arno about Adobe’s influence in shaping the landscape and how the company intends to stay relevant, particularly given the presence of industry behemoths such as Microsoft, Google and Apple.