IMAGES OF THE FUTURE
Daniel Riveong | Design Futures | Dr. Cindy Frewen | 13 July 2017
Six Families of the Future
The way design futures is applied to these
images is based on evoking emotion,
providing tangible visuals, and attempt to
make humans literally the center and
engaged in these images.
There are six families of the future (Dator,
49) being used in these images. The focus
of the images somewhere between 30-40
years into the future (2047-57).
Business as Usual means
a continually raising
Asia as Europe continues
to be stagnant.
But emotionally it means a shift in
personal power relationships.
A European woman is no longer
automatically better off than a
Singaporean or Shanghainese
The shift away from the West as a
sole dominant culture will open
ways for non-Western aesthetics to
be seen as equally modern and
It means more non-European &
non-Asian imagery that is
powerful, modern, sophisticated,
yet not necessarily European
Business As Usual means letting
human industry and climate change
take its course. Remember the Paris
Accords is not legally binding.
The meeting between nature (the
water) and human industry (the city
to the military helicopter) shows the
Environmental Sustainability will
mean the harmonization of the new
and old way of doing things.
The textures of the wood, the use of
paint, and water color is organic,
rustic, old world and contrast against
the sleek phone of metal and glass.
People say they want change, but
how many people change
In this image, people have changed
their material expectation and their
expectations on how to build a
will mean a change in our
lifestyle, including production
This SPARK Architect’s design
shows a living community,
without cars, with multiple
generations, and with urban
Group-based ideologies – be it
religion, ethnic or the nation state –
are powerful tools to build solidarity.
The images show women,
determined and defiant with their
weapons, as they march with their
flag. It’s a clichéd symbol of
nationalism that’s still evocative.
Community is seen as a key moral
value. But a community can also limit
dissent and sharpen divisions against
In this photo, the community builds a
barn for a family. Their lack of
individuality demonstrate their solidarity
and also their potential enforcement of
In this mock-up, the augment reality
glasses makes sure the wearer will
be prevented from seeing
This is a vivid example of how even
a mundane interaction – such as
talking to a person – can be
significantly altered by
In the high technology scenario,
the digital world becomes an
integral part of our physical
senses: sight, sound, smell, touch,
The image shows a playful
integration of the classic Super
Mario game into the routine of a
High Technology will challenge our
concepts about how things will be
The images shows war drones
being grown, challenging our
concept of war. We see war
machines grown (like a flower), not
made (like a WW2 tank).
promises a world where all
environmental to social issues are
solved via technocratic means.
From jetpacks to an upside
garden, Tomorrowland asks us to
dream about a technology-driven
Spiritual Transformation will
include reexamining our human
relationships as part of building a
Here, we see a community in an
urban setting, where a group
massage occurs before a
It’s urban but a close community
at the same time.
Cuba was accidentally on to
something. Instead of throwing things
away - reuse, fix, upgrade it.
A spiritual transformation would
include a transformation in our
relationship with stuff.
In such a world, young adults in
fashionable clothes would mix
seamlessly with 70 year cars.
Spiritual Transformation could be
manifested in a reinterpretation of
the medium and tools of spirituality
Accessible virtual reality and neuro-
stimulating wearbles could be the
catalyst for spiritual transformation.
The image asks us to wonder if one
can find meaning, meditate, and
build a spiritual community digitally.
The world hasn’t collapsed to an
abyss, but there is global
The shore is polluted with
garbage. There are makeshift
homes among the raising sea.
There’s nothing to do but to
watch it all happen,
Collapse does not mean
Mad Max, sometimes its
about dislocation and
Collapse does not mean
civil war, but unresolved
extremes – from apathy
and riots – are common.
In this photo, we see a
chaotic scene of anger.
1. Roads Less Travelled: Different Methods,
Different Futures by Andrew Curry, Wendy Shultz.
§ Business as Usual
1. Flipped and Switch, O Magazine:
2. ‘Black Panther’ Trailer Breakdown: Welcome to
3. Creative Commons via Pixabay
§ Environmental Sustainability
4. Free License via Death to Stock Photos
5. Creative Commons via Flickr at
6. SPARK Architect via ArchDaily at
§ Ideological Exclusion
7. Creative Commons via Wikipedia.
8. From the film Witness, via
9. Creative Commons via Daniel Riveonng using
Pixabay and Flickr: https://pixabay.com/en/niqab-veil-
§ High Technology
10. Super Mario Bros Recreated as Life Size
Augmented Reality Game:
11. UK Defense Firm BAE Systems Wants to
“Grow” Drones in Vats with Chemical 3D
12. Tomorrowland film via PixelatedGeek.com at
§ Spiritual Transformation
13. Creative Commons via Flickr at
14. Free License via Death to Stock Photos
15. Via https://i.ytimg.com/vi/wfe2qu84lDM/maxresdefault.jpg
16. The Future Weird: Black Atlantis:
17. Free License via Death to Stock Photos
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