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Imagining the Future of Design

Imagining the future and trying to portray it was the aim of a recent virtual meeting organized by Some ideas to emerge from that on-line gathering are a suitable starting point for the risky business of predicting where design is heading. That matador of all such rendez-vous, Bruce Sterling, science fiction writer, father-founder of cyberpunk but also a design enthusiast, puts his finger on the issue of security: “we are bang in the middle of a global war on terror which makes us worried and paranoid and is getting us used to a growing amount of danger”. How do designers respond to the fear assailing us? That might be the first point in the proposed future scenario. Certain signals suggest that designers are trying to be reassuring, providing antidotes to the fear and concern. They offer, instead, tender affection. The scenes they envisage are populated by...

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