In Core77’s 2015 Tech-tacular—launching today!—we’ll be reviewing some of the latest software offerings for industrial designers, as well as considering the wider implications of wearables, autonomous automobiles, so-called Smart Cities and other big-picture design-tech developments.
But we also wanted to know what kinds of digital tools contemporary designers are actually using on a day-to-day basis. So we got in touch with ten designers from different industries, and asked them each a batch of questions about their computer setups, most-used software, favorite apps, biggest tech gripes and related issues.
We intentionally cast a wide net, interviewing designers who work on a variety of different kinds of products—from consumer electronics to experimental architecture, home furnishings to some very large pickup trucks. We hope that the resulting interviews provide a window into how designers are incorporating new digital tools into their workflows—very often, in tandem with tried-and-true analog tools—and that readers come away from the series with some ideas for novel software solutions or tech workarounds to integrate into their own practices.
Mason Currey is a former Core77 editor and the author of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. Previously, he was the executive editor of Print and the managing editor of Metropolis. His freelance writing has appeared in the New York Times and Slate, among other publications. He lives in Los Angeles.