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Designing for the unknown

Ron Wakkary & Oscar Tomico


💭 “Design always implies an intervention.” Who are we designing for? What are the consequences of our designs? The way in which we design often has unknown consequences and risks – this calls for contemporary designers to embrace the position of not-knowing, but also recognition of the limits to our abilities. Design is a multi-stakeholder process which includes many non-human actors. In the acknowledgement of our limits, we may be able to create designs which in fact bring us closer to natural systems. 

📺 In this episode, Ron Wakkary and Oscar Tomico discuss our relationship with the world, our values and the potential for Posthuman design. Wakkary visited Fab Lab Barcelona at IAAC to give the students from the Master in Design for Emergent Futures a masterclass in his work and theory. Ron is a full professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at the Simon Fraser University in Canada, founder of the Everyday Design Studio and also a full professor in Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Future Everyday Cluster. 

🗣 Hosted by Fab Lab Barcelona & MDEF Director Oscar Tomico 💬 Future Talks is a series of conversations with friends of Fab Lab Barcelona, exploring the nature of emerging futures from the past to the present and beyond. 📢 🔎 Follow Fab Lab Barcelona on Facebook, InstagramTwitter.


Credits

  • Ron Wakkary
  • Fab Lab Barcelona
  • ELISAVA School of Design & Engineering

💭 “Design always implies an intervention.” Who are we designing for? What are the consequences of our designs? The way in which we design often has unknown consequences and risks – this calls for contemporary designers to embrace the position of not-knowing, but also recognition of the limits to our abilities. Design is a multi-stakeholder process which includes many non-human actors. In the acknowledgement of our limits, we may be able to create designs which in fact bring us closer to natural systems.

💭 “Design always implies an intervention.” Who are we designing for? What are the consequences of our designs? The way in which we design often has unknown consequences and risks – this calls for contemporary designers to embrace the position of not-knowing, but also recognition of the limits to our abilities. Design is a multi-stakeholder process which includes many non-human actors. In the acknowledgement of our limits, we may be able to create designs which in fact bring us closer to natural systems.