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Destinations and Systems

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Designers of products, content, and software use the concepts of destinations and systems to create content and apps for all our devices.

This article will have a little fun taking stuff you know, phone screens full of icons which open software applications, and help you see them differently. One of the fun things about software and design is how ideas evolve over time and how ideas change the tools we use every day.

To get information, today we use websites and applications on our phones and tablets, as well as computer desktops and laptops. Some of us are about to also get data through watches, clothing, and other personal wearable objects. Ten short years ago, people used websites and applications on their computer desktops and laptops. Twenty years ago, people used applications on their computer desktops and laptops to retrieve information and do things.

Do you see the pattern? How we consume information is evolving with our technology. Designers and content creators need to understand these changes to make the most of technology.

The most accurate way to describe the change from applications on computers and laptops to websites to phones and tablets is to talk about information found through destinations and systems. Because all design starts with questions and problems, let’s start with simple definitions of destinations and systems.


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