We had the pleasure of catching up with Phil Balagtas, brainchild behind the first-of-its-kind PRIMER conference and the international Speculative Futures meetup group. He shares insight about starting PRIMER and where it is going.
The Global Futures Lab is a series of international workshops that aims to counteract the bias and stereotypes of so-called "Western futures" and foster different futures linked to specific geo-cultural locations.
The Climactic: Post-Normal Design exhibition at Carnegie Mellon marks an important step forward for discursive design. The curatorial team created the most intentionally global representation of discursive work to date, and deliberately challenge the glaring under-representation of non-western design voices.
#exstrange is a new eBay venture that hopes to engage creators in a dialogue about contemporary consumer culture itself. It is a curatorial project by Rebekah Modrak and Marialaura Ghidini that invites a global group of designers, artists, and curators to use and subvert the online auction.
Drawing a crowd of designers, educators, futurists, and social innovators, Primer2017—the first dedicated speculative futures conference—opened in style at the grand Gray Area theatre in the Mission district of San Francisco. Organized by Phil Balagtas, the founding member of the San Francisco based Speculative Futures meet-up, the two day conference
This past spring the Parallel Times exhibition featured the talented MFA students in the School of the Visual Arts' Products of Design program. Led by faculty member Sinclair Smith, the results of their Product Futuring class were on display as part of the 2016 NYCxDesign Global Design Celebration.
For the past 15 years the 3D Design program at the Cranbrook Academy of Art has been led by Scott Klinker. While he understands commercial design–having worked as a designer for Ericsson and IDEO as well as having licensed furniture to Offi, lighting for Fab.com, and accessories for Alessi—he also
A collection of recent work from Parsons and Charlesworth, "Spectacular Vernacular" will be exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center from September 10 to January 2. Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth have long had a broad, independent practice with emphasis on experimental design and discursive design.
Spunitko! (aka Hiromi Ozaki) creates works that directly confront issues faced by contemporary society. Through design fiction projects, she questions the impact of (future) technology on human biology. She collaborates with scientists from Japan's National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS) to embed the love hormone oxytocin into fabrics.
A recent collection of work from Cranbrook, "Fine Design for the End of the World", was exhibited at Skylight Clarkson Square in West Soho. The purpose of the work was to critically analyze the social, economic and environmental uncertainties of the future through the lens of fine design.
Thomas Thwaites first major project, The Toaster Project, was a huge success which resulted in worldwide media coverage, a popular TED talk, and an appearance on The Colbert Report. His most recent project, GoatMan, experiments with taking a holiday from being human, and his recently-released book chronicles the experience.
Drones are being deployed for a wide range of recreational, professional, military, and illicit tasks, e.g., to prevent shark attacks on the Australian coastline, replace the classic paparazzi car chase, smuggle illegal drugs over the US border, and deliver contraband to prison yards.
Last week we mentioned how governments were dabbling in discursive design, and this week three major educational and cultural institutions weighed in with different forms of support for this intellectual arm of design practice.
Who'd have thought that the once strange and marginalized form of design practice–discursive design–would be promoted and even employed by national governments? What a difference a few decades can make.
Ask any designer if they’ve heard of critical design, design fiction, speculative design, or discursive design and you’ll almost certainly get a “yes”. Ask if they can differentiate between them, and you might as well be asking them distinguish fiscal strategies among the republican presidential candidates.
Sputniko! (aka Hiromi Ozaki) recently launched a new project, Tranceflora – Amy's Glowing Silk, in an exhibition at Gucci's gallery space in Tokyo. In this project, she explores the intersection of fashion and genetic engineering by working with scientists to create a glowing dress made of genetically-engineered, fluorescent silk.
In August 2013 a 15-ton mass of congealed fat the size of a double decker bus was found in the sewers beneath the London borough of Kingston upon Thames. And recently another 10-ton, 40-meter-long "fatberg" had to be removed from a Chelsea sewer. Inspired by these issues, FATBERG was created.
Nelly Ben Hayoun runs NBH Studio, "an interdisciplinary 'Willy Wonka' design studio which creates subversive events and experiences. Its mission is to bring chaos and disorder into the branding, scientific and design world. They work with leading scientists, creatives, writers and engineers worldwide."
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