Speculative Design and Experiential Futures

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Speculative design and experiential futures are practices for influencing what is possible by materialising the imaginary.

This is an edited version of a presentation by design futurist Stuart Candy to the Stanford d.School class "Decay of Digital Things" (http://decay.io) at the invitation of Elizabeth Goodman (@egoodman) on May 1, 2014.

Speculative Design and Experiential Futures

  1. 1. Speculative design and experiential futures Stuart Candy, Ph.D | @futuryst Director of the Situation Lab | @sitlab Asst Prof, Faculty of Design, OCAD University | @OCAD Stanford d.School 1 May 2014
  2. 2. “Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan.” - Eliel Saarinen (1873-1950)
  3. 3. Source: Candy 2014, based on Wendy Schultz / Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies planning admin/ops foresight TIME SCOPE PARTICIPATION What should happen in orgs: Planning for alternative futures ‘Outside in’ thinking; foresight informing action today
  4. 4. Source: Candy 2014, based on Wendy Schultz / Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies TIME SCOPE PARTICIPATION What usually happens in orgs: Planning for the present planning admin/ops (foresight?) ‘Inside-out’ thinking; extrapolation of the present
  5. 5. Source: Candy 2014, based on Wendy Schultz / Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies TIME SCOPE PARTICIPATION How design should work: informed by experimentation from both sides ‘Inside-out’ thinking and ‘outside in’ simultaneously design making foresight
  6. 6. the present moment time 
  7. 7. Chess: After one player moves: 20 After 1 move each: 400 After 2 moves each: 72,084 After 3 moves each: 9,000,000+ After 4 moves each: 288,000,000,000+
  8. 8. Source: Candy 2010 Based on Hancock & Bezold, 1994
  9. 9. Setting Story Situation
  10. 10. Arc Terrain Object
  11. 11. Arc Terrain Object Mood
  12. 12. #futurething @futuryst | futuryst.com @sitlab | situationlab.org

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