DESIGNING FUTURES LANGUAGE
DESIGNING FUTURES LANGUAGE
This unit aims to:
- help you see that within FUTURES DESIGN we can work beyond given words
- help you realise that when working with radical futures, the act of imagining and naming go hand in hand.
- support you in get started with naming and working with radical futures
ON DESIGN FUTURES LITERACIES
50 FUTURES DESIGN WORDS (Words only)
TABLE OF SEMANTIC CATEGORIES (List with words)
SURPRISING FUTURES DESIGN WORDS (Words only)
SURPRISING FUTURES DESIGN WORDS (Words with definitions)
SURPRISING WORDS FOR THE FUTURE (In use)
FUTURES DESIGN includes concepts, methods, practices, design productions and related research in which the designing of futures and futures oriented design intersect. In order to do this work, as mentioned in many different Units and Activities in this LEXICON, we need to include words, specialist terms and concepts from other domains and disciplines. We also need to reorient and re-purpose them as design materials in their own right.
Yet, this leaves us partly lodged in a vocabulary of inheritance and possibly entanglement. It’s necessary to make the words we draw on clearer. But it’s also possible to venture further and work to form and fashion a FUTURES DESIGN vocabulary of words and to relate them to the wider discourses of DESIGN FUTURES LITERACIES.
Such words can be seen as a contribution to designing futures language. By this we mean the shaping of design located words, specialist terms, concepts and vocabularies as designs. We also mean that we use design as a making and analysing discipline to work with the identification, specification and application of design centred words to help us work with futures.
2. FUTURES DESIGN AND LITERACIES
The FUEL4DESIGN project offers design learning resources and studies ways we work together to build pedagogies for the future and via design. FUTURES DESIGN needs to develop concepts and related terms or words that make it possible to frame and enact design-centred approaches to learning and working with futures. The ways we design these activities and content, how we enact and perform them, and analyse and communicate them are all part of ON DESIGN FUTURES LITERACIES.
In UNIT 7.2 we looked at how new words may be generated. Such new words are known as neologisms. In that UNIT we provided a number of key ways in which new words are produced. We linked these in what we named the NEOLOGISER.
3. MEETING RADICAL WORDS FOR THE FUTURE
It is challenging to imagine something, especially when the existing words don’t quite convey what you want to say. It’s important to have the right words to ‘name’ concepts/ideas/etc. However, it’s important for us to not just view words as something used for ‘naming’ but realise that when working with radical futures, the act of imagining and naming goes hand in hand.
4. MAKING RADICAL WORDS FOR FUTURES DESIGN
We close this unit by turning to ways of making radical words for the future.
Download this UNIT in printable format:
Candy, Stuart and Cher Potter, eds. 2019. Design and Futures. Taipei: Tamkang University Press.
Hillgren, P.-A., Lindström, K., Strange, M., Topgaard, R. & Witmer, H. (2020). (Eds). Glossary: Collaborative Future-Making. Malmö: Malmö University.
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