AIGA’s Designer 2025 highlights that the emerging context of design is a “dynamic nature of systems in which there is never-ending variety in the interactions between people and surrounding conditions.” In this context design outcomes are continuously evolving and adapting. Today design processes increasingly emphasize the importance of design research and a participatory approach where designers collaborate with others and/or facilitate designing by others.
The workshop attendees will participate in collaborative activities to visualize current and future contexts of “making” and explore how those future contexts redefine what we make, who makes, as well as how, why and where they make.
The attendees, working in small teams, will be provided with a toolkit to make visualizations. The toolkit would include a deck of cards, markers, glue and a large sheet of paper. The deck of cards will include cards with images, roles, statements, and contexts written on them as well as a set of blank cards. The roles would present a diverse list of roles. The statements and contexts will provide the scaffolding for the discussion. Blank cards would allow participants to add their own thoughts. Each team will organize their cards on a large sheet of paper to create a poster.
The workshop session would begin with introductions by workshop facilitators followed by four activities:
1. Activity 1: Workshop participants will work in groups of 5-7 individuals to visualize “making” in the current design landscape, exploring questions such as what are we making today? Who is making? How, why and where are we/they making? The participants will be asked to identify current challenges and opportunities.
2. Activity 2: Workshop facilitators will present up to four future scenarios to provoke conversations among participants. The scenarios will be presented as a story, presentation of facts and trends or an enactment. Each scenario will pose questions about its implication on the future.
3. Activity 3: Workshop participants will continue working in groups to visualize “making” in the context of the future provocation scenarios exploring questions such as what will we make? Who will make? How, Why and Where will we/they be making? The participants will identify opportunities, and challenges facing future designers and design educators. Comparing their current and future visualizations, the participants will identify and discuss the gaps and challenges that can be addressed through design education in the future.
4. Activity 4: The workshop will wrap up with the attendees presenting their two visualizations followed by Q&A. Each group will have 5 to 10 minutes for presentations.
Maximum number of attendees: 30 people.
Total workshop time: 2.5 hours distributed as follows:
Introduction: 10 minutes
Activity 1: 25 minutes
Activity 2: 20 minutes
Activity 3: 45 minutes
Activity 4: 45 minutes
Wrap up: 5 minutes