As design evolves, so does the experience of the user. We now make design an all-inclusive experience that goes much further than what meets the eye. It is used to create experiences that motivate, connect, and even reduce fear in very scary situations.
So what does the mean for the future of design? Well, this depends on the future of our design ethics. It is possible for design to be abused by playing with people's most rational fears and needs for approval. It also depends on the inclusivity of a range of ages, ethnicities, religions, and worldviews. Currently, the technology sector is predominately white men. Failure to not have inclusivity can have severe consequences in designing products that fail to bring about change in a world that needs more thoughtfulness and awareness about each other.
Wherever there is bad, there is also good, however. If the right steps are taken to practice ethical design and strive towards a more diverse technology sector, then the future of design can produce astronomical wonders. Apps like Instagram bring awareness and connectedness to a world that is very large. It helps people struggling with loneliness, not feel so alone. Design can bring awareness to the misjustices in our society and bring us outside of our bubbles. Experience design also goes beyond this. Technologies like the Peleton help create an experience for the user to help stay active. Medical improvements like creating a kid-friendly, pirate shaped, MRI device can help take the fear out of kids who already have underlying health conditions. With these experiences already out there, needless to say, that the possibilities are endless and experience design can do a world of good, as long as it is practiced correctly.