Designing a website anno 2007 can pose all kinds of interesting and tough challenges – but designing a website for 2012 raises some fundamentally different ones.
– Does websites even exist 5 years from now?
– Will information be smart and automatically know who you are, where you are and what you need?
– Will information technologies be truly ubiquitous and blend into our surroundings and perhaps even our skin?
In brief: how do we design something as familiar as a website for something as unfamiliar as the future?
This was the challenging assignment that 1508 was given a few months ago. The client and collaborator The Digital Taskforce (a unit at the Danish Ministry of Finance) asked us to come up with a e-Gov concept for 2012, which is based on the recently launched ‘citizen portal’ Borger.dk.
We are about halfway through a very interesting process, which so far has been focused on foresight research in order to set the most viable stage for 2012.
During this process we have looked at relevant sociological and technological drivers that we believe will influence the future and to qualify our research findings we have facilitated a range of role-play and scenario workshops.
The output of these workshops will fuel the upcoming design phase, which – as we can reveal already now – will result in something very different from present day websites and e-Gov portals.
Gathering insights: What drivers are relevant when designing a future scenario?
Design Game: Which research findings are most important?
Role-play: What are people’s needs in 2012?