My area of focus for my major project is Healthcare. In that, I wish to explore the field of Geriatrics, how to build up the standard of living for the elderly, illnesses that affect them and their families, and the current state of the care sector in the UK.
Starting with any important project can be intimidating. After all, you don’t know what you don’t know. But at this initial stage I think the important question is:
“How do I know what I don't know?”
Designing for the future is like having your own time machine. You will be tempted to fly to Utopia, but you will find it is necessary to stop by at Dystopia for a short visit, to create your Neutropia.
If this idea excites you, let me introduce you to the gadget that can fuel your time machine: speculative design.
This mind-blowing practice of speculative design will give you a sneak peek of the future you are about to visit, almost like a movie trailer. …
If I said you could choose any one topic: something that is close to your heart, and you get the liberty to read all about it, meet inspiring people from the field, and then actually get the chance to create something that can make a difference.
Eight months into my MA Service Design at the University of the Arts London, we have finally reached the pointy end-from doing group projects to now riding solo, all gearing up to choose a topic for our Major Thesis Project.
“How do I pick ONE topic?!”
It is like asking a parent to choose…
No, it’s not “Does God exist?” or “What happens when we die?”
It is when someone asks you: “So, can you tell me about yourself?”
Anytime I am asked this question, I can feel my entire life flashing before my eyes.
As part of the Design Futures unit of the MA Service Design program at UAL, my team is currently working on designing a desirable future service scenario for the London Borough of Southwark, with a particular focus to help with the Local Council’s vision of a zero-carbon emission future in 2030.
In order to do this, we have to ask ourselves all sorts of questions, such as: What is the future of education? Do physical universities still exist? How environmentally conscious are people going to be? Who will own energy? Will more information about individual carbon emissions help change behaviours?