The Weekly Stripe – 30.08.19
This week's links explore speculative design as a means, as one of their leading exponents, the UK/India-based company Superflux, put it of "Translating future uncertainty into present day choices", or using design to create and communicate ideas, not just make objects.
Starting with some definitions and background, this piece puts speculative design in context before exploring its potential use in government policy-making.
The UK’s Future Cities Catapult put speculative design to work to explore solutions for making roads safer for cyclists.
Early, perhaps the original exponents of speculative design, Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby use their book to argue that it’s a kind of design that is used as a tool to create not only things but ideas.
Leading proponents of speculative design Superflux’s work has covered many emerging themes and contexts of today’s emerging world through speculative design, most recently living with climate change induced food insecurity.
A personal favourite of speculative design (or maybe it’s more correctly, if slightly academically called, a diagetic prototype?) before the term was coined is the iPad featured in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.