Publication: ‘Temes de Disseny #36: Design Futures Now: Literacies and Making’

Temes de Disseny, the yearly publication of ELISAVA Barcelona School of Design and Engineering is back with Design Futures Now: Literacies and Making, an issue focused on the challenge of framing design’s role in futures making through a series of contemporary scientific works. 

What does design have to do with futures thinking? When futures thinking works alongside design practice so that new artefacts, visions and scenarios can be materialised and visualised, design also acts as a futures research tool and increasingly constitutes a transdisciplinary research domain as ‘Design Futures’. This collection offers some of the ways Design Futures may be understood further as entailing the abilities and literacies to make the strange familiar and to make the familiar strange, say this year’s guest editors Andrew Morrison and Laura Clèries. 

Design Futures Now: Literacies and Making addresses a mix of topics concerning how design literacies and design making may be understood as ‘future-facing’. By doing so, they convey the ways and means design practice and design education may be positioned and activated to work prospectively and be ahead of current concerns with environmental, social and ethical challenges. Design Futures is a discipline with its own literacies and making methodologies, and aims to address the world’s complexity and phenomena by delivering options and opportunities for alternative presents.

On Tuesday 13th October 7:00pm (CET), Morrison and Laura Clèries will be presenting the new issue with an online conversation that will address why and how of Design Futures and the scientific articles that conform this issue. It will be open to the whole community for a debate plus Q&A.

For registration follow the link here.

Text by CLOT Magazine (Twitter @clotmagazine)

(Picture courtesy of ELISAVA)

10 Oct 2020