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Imagine speculative worlds to synthesize better futures

By Angelica Fontana, Giovanni Caruso and Silvio Cioni

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Session type

Breakout Session


Fri, 22 Oct 2021

About this session

Today, designers have the responsibility to make sense of the changing worlds and are increasingly recognised as future makers. Whatever they design, they are making the shift from thinking about an inevitable future to being open to a critical and creative conversation about possible futures, by envisioning what’s next and translating that into something tangible.

Drawing from speculative and futures-oriented practices, Angelica, Giovanni and Silvio will share some design techniques to envision speculative worlds. By moving from the centricity of the artefact and going beyond the immediate moments of use, participants will learn to stretch their thinking and experiment with a new approach to consider the social and technical systems required to keep these artefacts working.

About Angelica

Angelica Fontana

Angelica Fontana

Lead Designer at Sketchin

Lead Designer at Sketchin design studio, Lugano CH. Lecturer in Service Design and Design Futures at Naba and Domus Academy Milano. Co-author of futurish cards, a generative card deck that can be used to envision future scenarios and artefacts. Researcher and curator at unintended, a community-based research lab experimenting at the intersection of design, systems and futures.

About Giovanni

Giovanni Caruso

Giovanni Caruso

Interaction Designer at Accenture AI

Interaction Designer at Accenture Applied Intelligence. Co-founder and chapter leader of Speculative Futures Milan – the Italian chapter of the global Speculative Futures community. Researcher and curator at unintended.  In a previous life, he got a Ph.D. in Media & Game Studies.

About Silvio

Silvio Cioni

Silvio Cioni

General Manager Milano at Sketchin

General Manager Milano at Sketchin design studio, CH. Lecturer in Interaction Design, Service Design and Design Futures at Naba, Domus Academy Milano and IAAD. Co-author of futurish cards, a generative card deck for envisioning scenarios and artefacts from the future. Ph.D. in Telematics and Information Society.
Organizer at Speculative Futures Milan, APF and SDA member, researcher and curator at unintended