Major Studio II

Week I:

January 28, 2019

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Key Focus: Play

As a designer, something I want to explore more is how adding an element of play to mundane activities or objects has an effect on its user and the way in which they interact with their environments in their daily lives.


We need to imagine new worlds, look at the bigger picture, and expand our vision of what is possible. What we put out there affects the world we live in and the world we live in or want to live in should in return affect what we are designing. Imagining these worlds allow us to envision and analyze different scenarios or trajectories that are inspired by the research we do.

Extrapolation Factory:

The human capacity to perform mental time travel distinguishes us from almost all other beings: we’re able to recollect specific past events, as well as to imagine possible futures.” - Montgomery and Woebken

Design futures might never have a singular definition because it is comprised of a diverse range of design disciplines that play a major role in conversations that shape our future. There are four significant arcs when it comes to narratives about the future: growth, systemic collapse, conservation, and transformation.

Visionary Fiction:

I think hard times are coming, when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live. “ - Ursula LeGuin

Visionary fictions allow us to imagine new just worlds. More than one world can be possible because we each can bring a different perspective based on our own narrative. Different people see the world very differently than we do, which quite possibly means they also see a very different future than we do. All of these worlds that we imagine or dream of that shape our futures, and so we must not see them as something completely disconnected from our reality.

Fergusson is the Future:

Without new visions we don’t know what to build, only what to knock down.” - Robin D.G. Kelley

Fergusson is the Future tells the story of Aiyana, a victim of racism, both in the past world and a future world. The color of her skin leads to her death in the past and in the future, and in the future, it allows people in power to take advantage of her. History repeats itself; specific groups of people are abused because they are seen as disposable.

Sofia Von Hauske