Date Added: Nov 2009
Cloud Computing, a phrase originally coined to represent telephony grids, is now used to generically describe service systems based on distributed computing of some description. In recent years Cloud Computing has gained substantial coverage, partially due to a flood of web based services and to the move from hardware innovation to network and software innovation in some high tech industries. Although this situation has created the potential for a number of new forms of work practice, social behavior and collaboration, it has also led to a gap in working methodologies. Despite the fact that current research and popular practice have reacted to this shift, the implications to the Design Industry and to designers' practice has not yet been carefully examined.