Joshua Singler

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Future Of?

I’ve had the pleasure of being a TA for DHIS-400: Design Futures led by Craig Badke and Gillian Russell this semester. Throughout the course I’ve been participating in critical conversations in hopes of developing a greater awareness and involvement in contemporary design issues. This course has been a great source of debate and discourse for material closely related to my own thesis research. I've had to opportunity to create relationships with students and have difficult and analytical conversation surrounding a lot of issues that the design community and the world at large is facing. Unthinking and imagining what ‘design futures’ means to us in today’s unpredictable and wavering political, technological, and social climate. Through case study analysis, workshops and class discussions Craig and Gillian have given me a new perspective on the possibilities our world has, in and outside of the classroom. 

“You are not designing things, but situations, a single possibility within a world of possibilities.” –Gillian Russell

A photo of a workshop held in my TA class, Design Futures, where groups were asked to rethink the possibilities that lie within the loss of human instincts, an extension of the human body.

A photo of a workshop held in my TA class, Design Futures, where groups were asked to rethink the possibilities that lie within the loss of human instincts, an extension of the human body.

The prototype my group came up with, equipped with antenna detectors, rose coloured glasses to choose when to filter the world you're viewing, dials for 'reality', a bullshit detector while listening to the news and more.

The prototype my group came up with, equipped with antenna detectors, rose coloured glasses to choose when to filter the world you're viewing, dials for 'reality', a bullshit detector while listening to the news and more.

Joshua Singler