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Speculative design

  1. When black people move, all the possibilities of future move with them

    When black people move, all the possibilities of future move with them

    Abstract: The aim of this paper is to identify how the Brazilian black movement appropriates Afrofuturist language as a strategy of resistance to racism. The analysis is based on a literature review on the studies of identity representation (Stuart Hall), Black Movement (Nilma Lino Gomes) and Afrofuturism (Ytasha Womack). This study shows how design techniques […] - Apr 15, 2020
  2. Every breath you take: Captured movements in the hyperconnected city

    Every breath you take: Captured movements in the hyperconnected city

    Abstract: Movement and connection have always been closely linked not only to mundane aspects of human life but also to urban form, on which they have a particular influence. Recent technological innovations have increased the scale of spatial movements and social connections to an unprecedented extent, making them a constant theme in contemporary urban imaginaries. In […] - Oct 21, 2018
  3. The ideology of the future in design fictions

    The ideology of the future in design fictions

    Abstract: The production of fictions within the design field are not disinterested speculations about distant futures, but intentional political actions in the present time. Fictions can entertain as much as cause social friction. This article discusses three sources of design fictions: a global information technology company; an art school in the UK; and a design […] - Apr 29, 2013
  4. Futurologias

    Futurologias

    Futurologias is a virtual museum of design fiction, curated by Frederick van Amstel and Rodrigo Gonzatto since 2012. Works are selected and identified based on their respective ideology of the future. The museum already has more than 300 pieces, the largest collection of its kind in the world. Most of the stories are presented as […] - Apr 20, 2012
  5. Cultural Studies of Design Fictions

    Cultural Studies of Design Fictions

    Design fictions are speculative scenarios about everyday use of new technologies. They are produced mainly by companies for branding their vision of the future, exploring popular imaginary and desires. Nokia Morph (2008), for example, is a short animation that shows how nanotechnology could be applied to cellphones to make them more flexible, durable and fashionable. […] - Jul 22, 2011
  6. Consumption Agency

    Consumption Agency

    The Consumption Agency is a speculative design project by Frederick van Amstel and Rodrigo Gonzatto. It a mixture of an advertising agency and a credit card company. At the time the project was created (2010), there was a gap between these two companies, for the advertising agency did not use credit card data for tailoring […] - Apr 20, 2010