Design the future

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What is the Design Futures Initiative?

The Design Futures Initiative connects designers, strategists, engineers, scientists, artists and futurists from around the world. We facilitate programs and conversations on the ethical, environmental, political and economic impact of future products and services.

What is the design the future tool?

The Design the Future tool lets you experiment with different priorities, and shows you the effect this could have on places across the country. You can see our methodology here . If you’re interested in thesse issues, have a look at our report Making R&D Work for the Whole UK .

Why design fiction and futures-thinking?

If we are to solve the great issues of our time, design fiction and futures-thinking are necessary to change existing systems and structures and to improve quality of life in a sustainable manner. Future of the Environment What is design fiction and how can it shape a sustainable (real) future? Nov 9, 2021

What is futurewe doing to support our members?

We facilitate several in-person and online events to connect our chapters and members from around the world. We are working on several programs and initiatives to help grow the field of futures thinking and speculative practice.

What does it mean to promote futures design?

Promoting the profession of futures design and engaging with like-minded communities, organizations, or individuals who share our goals and can help us achieve greater awareness for our causes. Providing services, goods, interactions back to communities outside of our own that offer educational opportunities or other altruistic efforts.

What is IFTF Design Futures Austin?

Futures Austin from Design Futures Initiative on Vimeo. IFTF Design Futures is an interactive, five-session intensive that combines core concepts of futures thinking with design and narrative theory. Participants will learn innovative approaches to designing and communicating foresight for immediate application and impact.

What can designers and futurists do to sustain peace?

To mark this special occasion, the Innovation Cell of the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and Design Futures Initiative (DFI) are calling for designers and futurists to create speculative artifacts that evoke novel futures of how to better sustain peace.

How can we make new futures thinkable and actionable?

To make new futures thinkable and actionable, we must consciously create, design, and unleash, a wide range of possible futures into the present, and make those possible futures full-bodied experiences. Futures Austin from Design Futures Initiative on Vimeo.

This visual tool gives you a structured way of brainstorming the direct and indirect consequences of a decision, event, or trend. Find out more in this article and infographic. What Is the Futures Wheel?

Is this the future of Design Thinking?

This is about using the principles of strategic foresight and design thinking to embrace uncertainty, identify opportunities and options, and make small but significant bets on those options (and futures). This is the future of design thinking. What do you think?

What is IFTF Design Futures Austin?

What is futures thinking in design?

We challenge this notion of futures thinking as a method or tool to be deployed by designers and argue that it delivers more meaningful impact when built into design as a mind-set. We believe that futures thinking is an approach with a set of principles that can be integrated into design methodologies from start to finish.

Why design fiction and futures-thinking?

If we are to solve the great issues of our time, design fiction and futures-thinking are necessary to change existing systems and structures and to improve quality of life in a sustainable manner. Future of the Environment What is design fiction and how can it shape a sustainable (real) future? Nov 9, 2021

What is the blending of Design and Futures approaches?

In blending design and futures approaches, we embed principles from futures thinking into our design practice, two of which we will discuss here in further detail. From start to finish, throughout project scoping, research phases, fieldwork, synthesis, testing and refining, we:

How can we envision artefacts from the future?

From these Futures, Artefacts from the Future can be envisaged via Speculative Design works. ‘Speculative Design is a way to manifest possibilities, to prepare us for inconvenient challenges and facilitate a more desirable, responsible path into the future’ (Balagtas 2019).

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