Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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The Ever Expanding Frontier in Design Science – Digital Design

If you are a geek, the words “software is eating the world” would be familiar to you. It was a proclamation by a known IT investor that still rings very true today. It is especially never been truer in the software race for design software. Digital design is essentially at the forefront of everything that needs to be built. Everything starts with being designed. Every product, tangible or otherwise literally will start at a drawing board somewhere. Digital design is at the forefront of this technological birthplace of ideas. It used to be that the greatest problems would be how to convey the ideas on one’s head into the machines that manufacture them and turning them into reality. The greatest challenge would be how to communicate with the computers that control the machines the very ideas that one would like to create. Pen and paper used to be the medium that is primarily used and a big project would literally take an army of draftsmen just to complete the specs of a product on paper. When this process was “eaten” by digital design software, it made it possible for just one man to produce a digital version of the product. This digital version is a working prototype and can be manipulated and simulated as to how it will work in the real world. This is the power of digital design and it has permeated into almost every facet of our everyday lives whether we know it or not.

Digital Design In Industrial Applications

In industrial applications, the software for the digital design that is most associated with this is the CAD or Computer Aided Design. This software is responsible for creating 3D models of practically anything that can be built and brought forth into three-dimensional reality. Computer-aided design is quicker, better, and less expensive than a team of draftsmen. This becomes more apparent the larger and more complex the projects become. Drawing by hand is okay if it gets your creative juices flowing but this will work most likely on those small projects and none too complex.  For industrial applications, software like DesignSpark Mechanical would be one of the best examples of industrial design software.

Industrial Applications

Digital Design In the Gaming Industry

Advances in computing power of processors and in consumer grade graphics computing power have made the gaming industry grow by leaps and bounds. This goes the same for the software involved in game development. Software like RPG Maker MV makes it seem almost too easy to make games. Software like this would have preset templates for character development and game levels. Game design also relies heavily on graphics design so as to determine how a game would look from a gamer’s perspective.  Some are designed to produce games that can be used on mobile and some for dedicated gaming computers. Gaming development will only have one way to go and that is to become even easier and popular, as software like this will open up more developer opportunities across all competency levels.

Digital Design In Simulation

New thing that digital design was lacking before is how to look at any design and how it would work in several scenarios. This was solved by the advent of advanced simulation software that works for hand in hand with digital designers. One could create digital prototypes and manipulate them virtually as if they are real but as to the problem of how it stacks up to real-world applications can be a bit daunting on the imagination. This is where simulation software like SuperPro Designer comes in. These kinds of software allow for simulation of machines interacting with one another to whole systems being run through their paces. Whole systems benefit from simulation ensuring that each component of the setup is going to be working as it should when implemented.

Digital Design Is All-Encompassing

Digital design as you may have already noticed is more than making things pretty. It is about making sure it looks good and functions as it was designed for. Digital design is never a stand-alone endeavor but rather a concert of several things clicking together to produce a product from concept to reality. Prototyping has never been easier, they can be put together by one person knowledgeable in his/her chosen digital design software. Snapshots or a digital version of a fully working prototype are made available to clients before any building can be done of the real thing.

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