Happy New Year is not just a traditional season's greeting for designers but it exemplifies a perpetual state of mind in the profession. Designers are always looking forward to the future. Unlike the general population, designers rarely fear the future because they are so excited about creating it.
New Year's Eve, when we usher out the old year and ring in the new one, is perhaps the original model of "planned obsolescence".
Planned obsolescence is a practice in industrial design of deliberately designing a product with a limited useful life, so it will become obsolete after a certain time. Each year we look forward to getting rid of the past year and happily starting fresh with a new one. Each year we resolve to do better than before.
I hope your new year is healthy, prosperous, and peaceful.
Together, let's design the future we would like to see!