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Millennials Vs Baby Boomers – When Design Is More Than A World Apart -

The world is a smaller place these days. Perhaps not in distances but by how technological evolution has changed the very perception of people behind the very concept of ‘distances’.

Such a change in perception has also occurred between one generation of designers vs another. Today’s  breed of designers (millennials) are more about keeping the thought process, workplaces and the designing phase simple. This is a far cry from what the preceding generation of designers (baby boomers) did in their heydays, with an everything-but-the kitchen-sink approach to design. Both have their unique bag of creativity individualism no doubt, albeit in totally divergent ways.

Both the generations are very much a product of their era in how design needs no rules or explanations. So let’s take a look at designers from each era, and how much their personal and professional preferences have changed in a generation. Some pretty interesting parallels can be found into how design is being approached. Be it their choice of attire, beverage, tools, computer of choice, and many other things, there’s a dichotomy between the two that needs to be seen to be appreciated.

Millennial vs Baby Boomers

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Evan is an Expert in Digital Marketing. He has been working in the social media space since 2008, with a focus on design services, user interface planning, branding and more. Currently, he is leading content marketing efforts at DesignMantic and has played an integral part in the success story of DesignMantic through strategic marketing campaigns. Evan is also a design pro, who has shown a predilection towards DIY design projects.

2 thoughts on “Millennials Vs Baby Boomers – When Design Is More Than A World Apart

  1. Expert in digital marketing since 2008? Might wanna go back and rethink this infographic. Boomers (and older) have orchestrated and run the design industry since it’s inception. Millennials are only just now learning how to function in it. It would be like me saying Millennials can’t function without a digital device in their hand. That would be narrow-minded and unfair.

    Boomers bring experience as well as adaptability to the design industry. Let’s not put sweaters on them and put pipes in their mouths to send them out to pasture just yet. I am a “cusp” Boomer and I guarantee I can design circles around any Millennial, with digital mobility in hand/on wrist, drinking Starbucks latte, using my Mac and a full suite of design apps, in my Headlines t-shirt and jeans. But not skinny jeans. I have to draw the line somewhere.

    I feel very slighted when shifted to your right hand column. Nothing about your layout could be further from the truth.

    ~From a 52 year old professional designer guy.

    • Hi Truce,

      I appreciate your feedback. But let me clarify my point please. When we designed this infographic, our intention was simple: To make light of the differences we observe within our team (between boomers and millennials). And rest assured, we did not mean to make anyone feel inferior or superior. We’re all in this together and we love our differences.

      I totally agree with you when you said, “Boomers bring experience as well as adaptability to the design industry.” Please do continue to enlighten us with your feedback.

      – From a 32 year old professional *but still learning* designer. 🙂

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