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Izabel Oag

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How has the internet changed our lives through the digital age of blogs, twitter, facebook etc..?? What is next for the internet?

I am currently developing my research for my dissertation for my degree in Textile Design. I am interested in how the internet has changed fashion and asking questions such as is being old fashioned in digital world a bad thing? What are designers doing to embrace the growing age of the internet? What impact are fashion bloggers in trend forecasting etc..?

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    Oct 1 2012: Internet and the power on people's lives is just in it's infancy. We will see huge transformation in the possibilites of creating real and physical changes socially for both the good and bad. Next stage will be to bring thirsty minds together from the underutilized in our societies to form teams concentrating on education and economics that will foster people's live to a higher cause. I am working on such a project and it will come to fruition, if not by me then by others, so let it be written, so let it be done.
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    Sep 27 2012: Have you think about why people in old times were started to make designs on their clotes and why fashion is now different and become an important part of the life. With the Internet now you can see what people all over the world are dressing and like in many other activity domains, Internet made globalisation of the fashion more easier and contribute to forgeting every place and every nation cultural evolution in the way we dress. Think that making business from fashion kills the diversity of fashion and maybe something that represents a comunity, like a local peasant dress and the art of making it, vanish becouse of internet and globalisation that comes with. Think about .....
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    Sep 25 2012: One more thing- read or listen to anything by Clay Shirky, who specializes in internet and society.
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      Sep 25 2012: Gonna add that to my reading list thx :)
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        Sep 25 2012: The title I recommend in particular is Here Comes Everybody.
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    Sep 25 2012: Oh and as for design such as fashion, we use the internet through devices like smartphones and laptops. So some questions that are addressed are "How do we want to look when we use these devices?" And there's also practicality to go with the aesthetics. We put the devices in our pockets, or in our purses, or backpacks, or man-purses when not in use. How easy is it to transition from using the device to not using it?

    But as for design like web design, there's been a new wave of minimalism in a lot of designs now. People like minimalism because it is simple, easy, practical, at the same time still looks good aesthetically. Less is more.
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    Sep 25 2012: The first thing that came to my mind was the use of the internet to customize. The second is that an internet search will likely yield you a lot of material on this question!
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    Sep 25 2012: In terms of accessibility and bandwidth of the infrastructure, the internet can improve.
    At the moment, internet is portable, but not "mobile" in the sense that people don't use it while on the move.
    I'm still waiting for listening to Spotify while driving.

    Another technology that could be revolutionary is augmented reality. What about augmented reality fashion, highway/street signs, building ads, etc.?