Design and Futures : The Kids are Alright

keynote – 50 min | Feb 3 – 18:00

I once suggested that futures and design were getting married. A decade later, various offspring of the two are making their way in the world. This talk looks at how the design and futures relationship came to be, considers how it is faring these days, and suggests why this is a family that we haven’t heard the last of yet.

Stuart Candy

Stuart Candy
Director of Situation Lab and Associate Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University

About the speaker

Stuart Candy

Stuart Candy

Director of Situation Lab and Associate Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University

Stuart Candy (@futuryst) is director of Situation Lab and an Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA, where he is responsible for integrating futures throughout the School of Design’s curriculum. Stuart is recognised as an advocate and pioneer of practices where design and foresight meet, and he has introduced and advanced these approaches (experiential futures, design fiction, speculative design etc) through appointments and visiting engagements at institutions including the Royal College of Art, California College of the Arts, National University of Singapore, OCAD University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, ArtCenter College of Design, and Stanford d.School. 

Previously Foresight and Innovation Leader for the global design and engineering firm Arup, his applied work as a consultant continues through collaborations with the BBC, UNESCO, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, IDEO, Omidyar Group, the Smithsonian Institution, and Dubai’s Museum of the Future. He is co-creator with Jeff Watson (USC) of the acclaimed imagination game The Thing From The Future, used by leaders and learners around the world to scaffold creativity and strategic conversation, and co-editor with Cher Potter (V&A Museum) of the book Design and Futures published in December 2019.

Originally from Australia, Stuart holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne, and an MA and PhD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa futures program, where he studied under Professor Jim Dator and was twice awarded the East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship. He is a founding member of the Foresight Advisory Board for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Switzerland), and a Fellow of The Long Now Foundation (USA), World Futures Studies Federation (France) and Museum of Tomorrow (Brazil).

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