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How to use design as a tool to create not only things but ideas- to speculate about possible futures.Today designers often focus on making technology easy to use- sexy- and consumable. In Speculative Everything- Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby propose a kind of design that is used as a tool to create not only things but ideas. For them- design is a means of speculating about how things could be -- to imagine possible futures. This is not the usual sort of predicting or forecasting- spotting trends and extrapolating; these kinds of predictions have been proven wrong- again and again. Instead- Dunne and Raby pose what if questions that are intended to open debate and discussion about the kind of future people want (and do not want). Speculative Everything offers a tour through an emerging cultural landscape of design ideas- ideals- and approaches. Dunne and Raby cite examples from their own design and teaching and from other projects from fine art- design- architecture- cinema- and photography. They also draw on futurology- political theory- the philosophy of technology- and literary fiction. They show us- for example- ideas for a solar kitchen restaurant; a flypaper robotic clock; a menstruation machine; a cloud-seeding truck; a phantom-limb sensation recorder; and devices for food foraging that use the tools of synthetic biology. Dunne and Raby contend that if we speculate more -- about everything -- reality will become more malleable. The ideas freed by speculative design increase the odds of achieving desirable futures.... Please click here to ask a question
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