With the economy in the slumps, the job market may seem intimidating to junior and senior design college students. However, recently I have heard and read some interesting pieces on the future outlook of American industry. The hot term these days is definitely “innovation” and these articles use the word incessantly. However, these articles can be uplifting for a student studying to enter a field built around “innovation.” Many pundits believe that the American economy and job creation will be saved by the introduction of innovative and advanced product, designed in-country. They recognize that the golden age of American manufacturing is dead, but that remaining at the top is completely possible through the design and engineering fields, among others.
The most recent one I came across addresses the lack of American manufacturing prowess in the global market, and how that is okay: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1665226/lets-move-past-manufacturing-america-should-be-the-innovation-nation
+ other interesting Fast Company articles on American design:
Here is a This American Life podcast on the US patent system and its successes and failures. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/441/when-patents-attack
A review of the Prez’s plan for futue innovation production, and the author’s ideas on what needs to happen first: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/28/133297705/foreign-policy-how-we-can-win-the-invention-race