Future Design is ComputationalDesign is always changing, and never stagnant. In the late 20th century, it was the emergence of Design Thinking that upended how architects, engineers, and industrial design organizations made decisions about how to make new things. Now, the rapid pace of technological advancement has brought forth a new design methodology that will again forever alter the course of design history. Computational design, which takes advantage of mass computing power, machine learning, and large amounts of data, is changing the fundamental role of humans in the design process.
Designing With Billions of Data PointsToday’s infographic comes to us from Schneider Electric, and it looks at how the future of design will be driven by data and processing power. While computational design is still a term with no real consensus, attempts to define it do have overlap: Parameter setting
Algorithmic, “rules-based” code can be applied as
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The Apps Winning the Battle For Our Attention SpanWith the smartphone as the centerpiece of the new global consumer economy, how we allocate our screentime between the myriad of apps that exist is becoming a very telling statistic. After all, the companies that win the battle for app mindshare will have unfettered access to billions of consumers, as well as the economic opportunities that emerge from that access.
The Duopoly vs. Everyone ElseMost know that Facebook and Google, the two tech giants that are lovingly referred to as “The Duopoly” by advertising executives, are already capturing $0.60 of every dollar spent on advertising online. And now, through acquisitions, The Duopoly is showing that they are able to stay ubiquitous as consumers spend even more time on their smartphones. According to recent data from Apptopia, the global app ecosystem is dominated by Facebook and Google owned apps.
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How Health Companies Must Communicate With PatientsFrom consumer-focused apps to groundbreaking 3d printing techniques, the healthcare industry is constantly in the process of being revolutionized by new technologies. These changes are disrupting the status quo of how business has been done for years – and they are even forcing companies to pivot in the areas of business that aren’t as traditionally driven by innovation or R&D. One such area: how companies communicate with potential and active patients.
The Pivot to Content StrategyToday’s infographic comes to us from Publicis Health, and it shows that technology is changing the way that life sciences and pharmaceutical companies will need to market and inform consumers. For an industry in which one-way communication has traditionally been the norm, a multitude of factors are converging to make it essential for healthcare companies to pivot to a new way of doing things. Instead of
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This Chart Shows Amazon’s Dominance in EcommerceIt’s no secret that Amazon is dominant in ecommerce. But despite this being common knowledge, the most recent data behind the explosion in Amazon’s market position is still stunning to behold: in the last two years, the already monstrous Amazon somehow was able to increase their share of the total U.S. ecommerce market from 38% to 49%. Amazon holds almost half of the massive $252.7 billion market – that’s more than double the market share of the next nine companies (including eBay, Walmart, Best Buy, Apple, etc.) combined!
Leaders and LaggardsCapturing a 50% share of a coveted U.S. ecommerce market is impressive, especially considering Amazon is up against many formidable retailers:
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Imagining the Future of Design and CollaborationNew technologies are getting adopted faster and faster. In the modern business environment, it no longer takes multiple decades for new ideas to take root. Instead, thanks to increased connectivity, instantaneous communication, and big leaps in computing power, these new innovations can rise to prominence in much shorter time spans. As these changes surface, companies can either help pioneer these new technologies – or they can be caught off guard by their impact on industry.
A Fundamental ShiftToday’s infographic comes to us from Schneider Electric, and it dives into the many technological forces that will be re-shaping the future of design and collaboration. It touches on an exciting but uncertain future for industrial designers, architects, engineers, and other design-oriented industries, in which rising processing power and new technologies are re-wiring the fundamental relationship between the designer and the end product. Almost
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Data is what fuels the information economy. And while there are many varieties of data clogging up the internet’s bandwidth, there is one specific type of data that is known to be particularly lucrative: personal data. Like many other enterprising tech giants, Google must accumulate massive amounts of personal data to monetize its services – and in the process, the company develops an astonishingly robust picture of what you’re all about.
What Google KnowsToday’s infographic comes to us from TheBestVPN and it shows what Google knows about you, how the tech giant gathers that information, and a few solutions to stop Google from tracking you. Through its various apps and services, Google can craft a robust profile on you and your activity on the internet. Google, like Facebook, uses this personal information to target customized advertisements to you, however you decide to use the internet. This can be via
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Just before the smartphone revolution, Nokia was by far the world’s most popular mobile handset manufacturer. However, despite selling 250 million units of its two most popular block-shaped models in the mid-2000s, the Finnish company ended up being woefully late to the smartphone party. Not only was the company ill-equipped to match the iPhone and Blackberry in terms of technology and design features, but Nokia also failed to foresee how exponential advances in mobile connectivity would change how people ultimately used their devices. As true broadband connectivity shaped the mobile experience, the phone was no longer just a phone – it was transformed into a seamless hub for any and all digital activity.
The 5G ExperienceIn the coming years, the newest generation of mobile connectivity – 5G – will roll out and change what is possible again. With maximum speeds up to 1,000x faster than 4G, this new technology
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The interplay between technology and work has always been a hot topic. While technology has typically created more jobs than it has destroyed on a historical basis, this context rarely stops people from believing that things are “different” this time around. In this case, it’s the potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) that is being hotly debated by the media and expert commentators. Although there is no doubt that AI will be a transformative force in business, the recent attention on the subject has also led to many common misconceptions about the technology and its anticipated effects.
Disproving Common Myths About AIToday’s infographic comes to us from Raconteur and it helps paint a clearer picture about the nature of AI, while attempting to debunk various myths about AI in the workplace. AI is going to be a seismic shift in business – and it’s expected to create a $15.
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How Big Data Will Unlock the Potential of HealthcareData is driving the future of business, and any company not prepared for this transformation is at risk of being left behind. This is a reality in almost every sector, but it’s especially relevant to companies in the healthcare industry. That’s because the amount of health data being created is growing at a 48% rate annually, and by 2020, a Stanford University study estimates that 2,314 exabytes of healthcare data will be produced per year. Simply put, the companies that can extract meaningful insights from these mountains of data will have a serious and durable competitive advantage – and those that don’t have a proper strategy for this boom in data will get lost in the weeds.
Breaking Down Big DataToday’s infographic comes to us from Publicis Health, and it shows why big data is one of the six
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Interactive: Visualizing Major Tech Acquisitions (1991-2018)To stay successful in tech, companies must find a way to walk alongside the cutting edge of innovation. Companies do this partially by devoting a large portion of their resources towards research and development (R&D) – but to hedge their bets, these companies also are in constant negotiations to gobble up new startups that could be strategic to their futures. In this giant game of Pac-Man, most of the acquisitions are small and sequential, just like the dots that make up the arcade game’s classic maze. That said, sometimes these tech giants get lucky, such as in Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, and buyouts turn into power-ups that can change the dynamics of the game entirely.
Tech Acquisitions by CompanyToday’s interactive infographic comes to us from IG and it allows
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Visualizing The World’s 20 Largest Tech GiantsThe Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays. Large companies can be located all over the globe. For example, massive auto companies can be found practically anywhere on a map. Ford (USA), Toyota (Japan), Volkswagen (Germany), Hyundai (South Korea), Volvo (Sweden), Tata Motors (India), and Magna (Canada) are just some of the biggest companies involved in the production of vehicles or parts. While the banking, pharma, energy, and retail industries also have geographic spread as well, the same cannot be said for the rapidly-growing tech industry.
The Clash of Tech TitansThe most recent edition of Mary Meeker’s famous Internet Trends 2018 report highlighted the top internet companies in the world by valuation, with an interesting and perhaps unintended outcome. Of the 20 largest tech giants globally, a total of zero are located outside of the United States
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Visualizing the Best Funded Startup in Each StateOver the last 20 years, people have flocked from all over the world to Silicon Valley. It’s the epicenter of the tech boom, and a magnet that attracts talent, ideas, and capital to come together to create new things. Software mania has shifted the most important corporate addresses in the country from the streets of Manhattan to obscure towns like Mountain View, Cupertino, or Menlo Park. While a booming ecosystem has lured many to the Valley, it’s simultaneously unlocked new technologies that have made it possible to work, collaborate, and build new startups from anywhere. The result has been the birth of influential startups and ecosystems in every locale imaginable – and today, it’s true that nearly every state has an impressive tech startup to call its own.
Best Funded Startups by StateToday’s infographic comes to us from CB Insights and
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The 30 Cities Best Positioned for Long-Term SuccessThe Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays. Combine the rapid rate of technological change with a globalized economy, and it’s evident that our cities are transforming at an unprecedented pace. But while these fast-moving currents are found in pretty much every urbanized setting, not every city is doing well to navigate them. In an increasingly digital and global economy, cities must be able to attract high-end talent, foster innovation, and maintain competitiveness – and failing to do so can have dire consequences. Which cities are prepared to adapt, and which will get left behind in the dust?
The City Momentum IndexToday’s chart uses data from the City Momentum Index 2018 in a report produced by JLL. The index tries to identify the cities that are at the forefront of the innovation economy, by looking at
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Automation is coming to the workplace. Millions of jobs will be destroyed, but many jobs will also be simultaneously created in the process as well. For those in the workforce – or for those just joining it for the first time – the big question is: what skills are needed to navigate this monumental shift in the economy? How will humans create value in an increasingly automated world?
The Human TouchToday’s infographic comes to us from Guthrie Jensen, and it summarizes the skills needed in 2020 and beyond to take advantage of the shifting landscape of work. In short, for those looking to future proof their careers, building competencies in areas that machines will be unlikely to tackle effectively (i.e. complex problem solving, creativity) is likely the best recipe for success. It can be daunting to think about automation’s role in the future – but if you’re
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How Long Do Investors Plan to Hold Onto Bitcoin?Did investors buy bitcoin because it was trendy, or are they committed to cryptocurrency for the long haul? As in any new and rapidly-growing market, this kind of investor intent and the overall feeling of market sentiment matters a lot. That’s because there are no historical averages or ratios to apply as baselines for value, and if things head south there is always the possibility of a mass exodus.
Buy, Hodl, and Prosper?Today’s infographic comes to us from Raconteur, and it helps map out the future price expectations of crypto investors, along with how long they plan to hold onto their digital assets. But before we get to that, let’s look at why investors bought into the market in the first place:
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Apple remains the world’s most valuable brand at $182.8 billion, but there are four other tech companies hot on the iPhone maker’s heels – and each of them is growing brand value at a rapid pace.
Google (+30%), Microsoft (+21%), Facebook (+29%), and Amazon (31%) are all gaining at double-digit clips. At this point, each has lapped Coca-Cola, the highest ranked non-tech brand in the Top 10 at $57.3 billion.
Only a handful of brands in consumer-facing industries like media, apparel, alcohol, and restaurants make the rankings.
Meanwhile, sectors that traditionally rely on heavy amounts of advertising – like consumer packaged goods and retail – have just 20 brands on the list between them. The highest ranked brand in either of those categories is Walmart at #26th with a brand value of $24.9 billion, which is about 1/3 of the brand value of online competitor Amazon.
The World’s 100 Most Valuable Brands in 2018According to Forbes, the world’s 100 most valuable brands are worth a staggering $2.15 trillion. While that singular number is impressive, the publication’s 2018 rankings of <a href="http://global brands can be further broken down in other ways that are also quite intriguing. Let’s take a look at brands by individual brand value, as well as sorted by relevant industry.
Ranking the Most Valuable Brands in 2018Today’s infographic comes to us from HowMuch.net and it showcases the 100 most valuable brands in the world, according to recent Forbes rankings. Here are the brands with the most assessed value, along with their one-year change and industry.
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Brands by IndustryThe aforementioned top five brands are all focused on technology, but it’s important to recognize that this is also a part of a much wider trend. Over the last decade, tech brands have gained consumer prominence to make the industry dominant both in terms of quantity of brands (20%) and total brand value (41%) on the Forbes 100 Most Valuable Brand list.
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