For Baby Boomers, a standard measure of success was marked by a corner office and three-story suburban home. For millennials, “making it” includes finding a cozy studio in Brooklyn and working in an office designed by Frank Gehry, replete with napping pods in the breakroom.
In the worlds of work and play, technology’s influence on society is everywhere, and is especially present in the millennial mentality of social responsibility. Millennials are described as more “socially conscious” than any other generation, having adopted a culture of ubiquitous sharing. From inhabiting rentals on Airbnb to commuting with Uber Pool, Generation Y practices a lifestyle reliant on constant connectivity and social interaction with like-minded individuals.
Slowly but surely, modern design has developed to reflect the tendencies of this socially conscious, hyper-connected millennial culture, revamping the workplace and home in its wake.
Here’s the latest and greatest startups disrupting the professional and personal lives of millennials through design.