SHORT COURSE DETAILS
The act of designing is projecting into the future; it involves imagining, creating and producing an object (an artifact) or service that doesn’t yet exist for future use or consumption. However, the future as a temporal phenomenon cannot be examined. Designers have traditionally referred to the past and present to developed products and services to meet users’ needs and desires –often using ethnographic research in a usercentric design approach.
The complexities and uncertainties of the contemporary global and interconnected world require design to address broader themes and issues—a condition in which the role of design is being redefined. New methodological approaches need to be applied to address this for continued relevancy in the 21st century.
This course introduces methods and strategies for envisioning the future as part of the design process. The course will explore the field of futures studies and foresight practices in relation to design to help participants design products, interaction and services scenarios for our near and next futures.
STRUCTURE – SUBJECTS
– Design methodology
– Creative methods
– Forecasting and envisioning
– Design-based futures
– Futures studies and speculative design
Domus Academy Short Courses are tailored mainly for postgraduate students, students in the process to be graduated and young designers.
All courses are taught in English. A high level of proficiency in the English language is required.
On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
– Analyze contemporary topics from critical perspective to inform the design process;
– Develop an articulated design context based on research;
– Formulate a conceptual proposal for a product, service, space or architecture that responds to a new design context;
– Apply a design method in a process that reframes the role of design;
– Appraise how design can positively impact our future.
The first week of the course provides participants with a set of theoretical approaches to understand and discover the field of futures studies as related to design. It will be theoretical and practical. A structural framework that is both methodological and creative will be presented. It will allow the participants to perform guided research in an identified area and enter into the creative and analytical process to generate knowledge and ideas for possible and probable future scenarios. A set of tools will be introduced to help identify and comprehend signals that will help shape the vision.
The second week will explore a series of participatory tools and techniques to build ideas and concepts of multiple future scenarios. The main objective is to gain practical experience in the speculative design process, leveraging ‘observation with intuition to create new insight’. Supported by different methodologies, each participant will collaboratively explore perspectives and possible developments in a constructed future scenario and begin envisioning an artefact.
During the third week, each participant will work on the creation of an experience or artifact prototype capable of exhibiting and responding to a given idea of the future. The ideation and conception phases will lead to ideas prototyping to be represented and tested within the developed context of the future scenario. Various media and techniques from storyboards and video to physical or digital mockups will be used to describe and illustrate both the scenario and the constructed proposal.
In the final week, the participants will concentrate on strengthening the derived and creative proposals. They will identify and apply a defined communication style while constructing a final digital presentation that successfully and convincingly places the proposals within an intentioned context and reading desirable, plausible, utopian or dystopian.