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.
Based on the Future Scouting game recognised as a Notable Design Education Initiative by Core77—and including 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.
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 was an honouree Education Design Initiative in the 2021 Core77 Design Awards. 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.
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