DESIGN FUTURES TOOLKIT

DESIGN FUTURES TOOLS

Design Futures Toolkit aims to develop a toolkit that will gather tools to tinker with futures through design practice.
This Toolkit will gather a set of design anticipatory instruments suitable for different future relating approaches (eg, prepare to unexpected or generate novelty) as teaching resources.

The content of the Toolkit includes ones from future studies that will be translated to design, the development of new tools, and the gathering of related future instruments from beyond design where appropriate.

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MODULE PURPOSE AND FEATURES

INTRODUCTION

The actual attempt to develop curricula material from Future Studies Communities engaging with futures in design education is held back first by the difficulty of translating philosophical concepts and approaches into open tools for comparison and convergence, and then from the tendency in design education to reduce the production of visions to a merely speculative approach.

The Toolkit will connect to the Lexicon, Pills and Scenarios in the related intellectual outputs and will be linked to methods in Futures Literacy Methods.

Design-based inquiry is acknowledged as working through its own designerly means that encompass a variety of tools, techniques and creative processes in tandem with other research methods and analytical frames. Using Design Futures Lexicon as basic grounding, the toolkit will select, redesign and create new instruments to apply and put into practice the analytical filters emerging form the Futures Philosophical Pills.
The module will address the specific need of metacognitive tools to explore and materialize future in the design field by gathering inputs and assessment from Trainers and professionals (C1), partner institution as well as supporting institution (IAAC), and C2 with organisations (such as CUMULUS) that draw together heads of design institutes at member
parties.

INNOVATION

The Toolkit is meant as a teacher resource. The Design Futures Lexicon and Futures Philosophical Pills will provide a selection of concepts and critical filters able to address the tools selection and/or the tool generation with the aim of cross-hatching Future Studies and Design practice.

The novelty relays in the hybridization of the approaches. A first map will select instrument and approaches identifying the correspondent potentiality in discovering, opening and performing new futures. The Toolkit will be delivered a set of innovative practice and pedagogies for the growing generation of designers and the connected communities of professionals.

Following the most recent indications coming from the Anticipation literature the aim of the kit is to address reframing, or questioning of existing sense making, demanding an even greater capacity to invent and explore openness in all its forms. The Toolkit will develop a multilayered set of tools suitable for metadesign applications in order to develop future resilience abilities inside and outside the market.

The knowledge output/learning outcomes are that:

  1. students will have know how to tinkering with futures and their main open possibilities,
  2. students know how to choose tools depending on contexts and different objective,
  3. exploit but also adapt the toolkit use it in future professional work and study.

EXPECTED IMPACT

This open resource will highly impact those that teach in the field of design but also more widely in the field innovation (Design Thinking, Project/Product Management) by providing both practical tools and guidance addressing the gaps, toward a more aware proficiencies of futures and with the aim of developing resilience abilities.

The impact is potentially large by way of them being shared as an open resources document and resource, freely usable by teachers and students. The toolkit will make it possible to connect courses and target to resources that are offered in the toolkit, where tailored us depends on contexts of use in open and specific use.

Design and foresight consultancies are also a constituency for the use of the toolkit.

TRANSFERABILITY POTENTIAL

The scope for transferability of this module is significant. The toolkit will directly impact those teaching in the field of design education by providing techniques for developing and delivering pedagogic practices in this area which in turn will impact the learners (PhD, MA /MS students) addressing the skills gap in this field.

This novel approach to the development of learning and teaching materials for emerging interdisciplinary and anticipatory practices will also influence and
contaminate other discipline connected to design practice. The application and the exploitation of the toolkit potential will be better clarified thanks to the construction of an organic methodology in Futures Literacy Methods.

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