Chris Bernard, Microsoft User Experience Evangelist, reminded the audience to emulate strong points from classic design movements and apply the always-changing factor of technology and innovative process to create the future of interactions. "The future is already here. Just not evenly distributed." Graphic Design is an obvious bridge from the past, where movements like Surrealism, De Stijl, and Constructivism have a stronghold on what's "modern" today. For example, the Bauhaus movement immediately recognized the creative relationships between art and technology and showed that design as a craft could be delivered via a repeatable process. From these movements, Bernard urges designers to take away the principles of Gestalt, the Grid, and the practice of Sketching (see buxton). He proposes that today's designer should fill in the gaps where classical thinking may fall short--using contextual research and ethnography for creators and consumers, engaging in cross-disciplinary collaborations (see tepper), and encouraging diversity, accessibility, and sustainability. Bernard foresees the combination of strong precedence and the application of modern methods and technologies leading to new platforms and standards, and therefore, truly new and improved experiences.
(Rest your eyes and put your ears to work. Check out this Core77 Broadcast where Steve Portigal interviews Chris Bernard and his fellow Microsoft User Experience Evangelist Will Tschumy.)