Progressive digitalization and technological advances through new pacemaker technologies (including 3D printing) are leading to profound changes in both design paradigms and the design economy – the entire value chain organization of new, more intangibles, and research and design-based products and services. Since many individual opinions circulate on the digital, technical, and organizational future of design and the design industry, analyses of the areas and factors influencing current developments (dynamics) are intended to achieve a better understanding of these factors in order to shape the future of design and the design industry. Current and future-oriented analysis, as well as the historical perspective on past developments (economic/ social/ technical), are research desiderata at the Department of Design (AMD). They concern the development of scenarios for the future of the design industry using advanced approaches of scenario planning, foresight, and the innovative approach of prospective path analysis. As a further research focus, the changes in design paradigms and the closely related changes in design innovations, design products, and business models in the design, knowledge, and creative industries will be considered, as well as the challenges for future qualifications, competencies, and their transfer.