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Future Scouting

Future Scouting is a fun and practical step-by-guide guide to speculative design—creating inventions from the future to inspire change today.

“…a toolkit to widen our frame of vision and stretch our creativity”

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Future Scouting

A step-by-step guide to practising speculative design

Future Scouting is a fun and practical step-by-guide guide to creating inventions from the future to inspire change today.

“…a toolkit to widen our frame of vision and stretch our creativity”

Get the book

For designers, product owners, and innovators
And anyone else wanting to experiment with future technologies and value-driven design

Drawing on the great work of future studies and speculative design practitioners past and present, Future Scouting combines product design, design thinking, life-centred design, and science fiction into one complete method to get you saving the world and back to the present well before the next pandemic.
Using a back-casting design approach—and included downloadable worksheets—you’ll learn how to research, ideate, sketch, and storify, to:

– Catch a signal of emerging change
– Design a future invention
– Ideate a key scenario
– Extrude a hero and future world
– Compile your artefacts into a shareable prototype

This playful projection of what futures might exist—and how people may behave in them—will expand your peripheral creativity and deepen your awareness of human behaviour and psychology. Speculative design is exciting and humbling. It’s also a lot of fun.

For designers, product owners, and innovators
And anyone else wanting to experiment with future technologies and value-driven design

Drawing on the great work of future studies and speculative design practitioners past and present, Future Scouting combines product design, design thinking, life-centred design, and science fiction into one complete method to get you saving the world and back to the present well before the next pandemic.
Using a back-casting design approach—and included downloadable worksheets—you’ll learn how to research, ideate, sketch, and storify, to:

– Catch a signal of emerging change
– Design a future invention
– Ideate a key scenario
– Extrude a hero and future world
– Compile your artefacts into a shareable prototype

This playful projection of what futures might exist—and how people may behave in them—will expand your peripheral creativity and deepen your awareness of human behaviour and psychology. Speculative design is exciting and humbling. It’s also a lot of fun.

Book Resources

Future Scouting is accompanied by various resources created specifically for the Future Scouting method—prompt cards, worksheets, artefact sheets.

Book resources

Book Resources

Future Scouting is accompanied by various resources created specifically for the Future Scouting method—prompt cards, worksheets, artefact sheets.

Book resources

More than a book

Check out the Future Scouting Hub for the Future Scouting team game and inventions from around the world.

More than a book

Check out the Future Scouting Hub for the Future Scouting team game and inventions from around the world.

Future Scouting Hub

About the author

Damien Lutz is a UX Designer and Researcher, sci-fi author, and very amateur drone pilot.

He is the author of sci-fi novels Amanojaku and The Lenz, a contributor to Vodafone’s Red Wire tech blog, and he writes about designing with fiction on Medium. His game version of Future Scouting has been used in the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, and his One Heart Treaty concept was a semi-finalist in the United Nation’s 2020 Futuring Peace initiative.

When he is not designing, Damien is doing his best to not lose another drone.

Medium  |  Linkedin  |  Amazon

About the author

Damien Lutz is a UX Designer and Researcher, sci-fi author, and very amateur drone pilot.

He is the author of sci-fi novels Amanojaku and The Lenz, a contributor to Vodafone’s Red Wire tech blog, and he writes about designing with fiction on Medium. His game version of Future Scouting has been used in the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, and his One Heart Treaty concept was a semi-finalist in the United Nation’s 2020 Futuring Peace initiative.

When he is not designing, Damien is doing his best to not lose another drone.

Medium  |  Linkedin  |  Amazon

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