Core-fave Extrapolation Factory has teamed up with The Situation Lab to produce their latest caper; 1-888-FUTURES is a new telephone-based delivery service which allows anyone in the US to request a gift from the future, created to order and shipped to their chosen recipient.
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The service is a playful research endeavor aimed at tapping collective creativity and experimenting with new techniques for crowdsourcing visions of future scenarios. It is part of the ‘Futurematic’ series run by The Extrapolation Factory and Situation Lab, two groups both focused on exploring design-driven strategies to bring alternative futures to life. 1-888-FUTURES will be hosted by the Visions and Voices initiative at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, culminating on September 20th.
Once a request is registered at 1-888-FUTURES, workshop participants at USC will interpret the recordings and fabricate artifacts that respond to the visions. When the artifact is complete, it will be boxed up and sent to the addressee of the caller’s choice—not to be opened until the visioner’s chosen date.
You can send a “future present” to someone by calling 1-888-FUTURES before September 20th. Just be sure you have a future dream in mind, together with a specific individual recipient and current delivery address. “If you need some time to prepare these, please hang up and call back later.” More information can be found at www.donotopenbefo.re
Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts, and Chair of the new MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA, has been a guest critic at various design schools in including Yale University, IIT, Carnegie Mellon, Ravensbourne, RMIT, University of Minnesota, Emily Carr, and RISD. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compost Modern, and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror. Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from The Art Directors Club, I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, and The One Club.