Postcards from the future

On the 3rd and 4th of November we made our way to the RDS and immersed ourselves in the future – a head-spinning, brain-popping, back-aching new festival that we were happy to be part of. As it was the first year it almost had the feel of a large scale prototype that made the audience an active rather than passive part of the event. Less tightly curated, more informally presented, speakers fighting for attention and visitors left to work it out for themselves. With this in mind we wanted to capture some of the ideas that stuck with our community before it becomes ‘the past’. We’ll post these ‘postcards from the future’ over the next two weeks. Offering a mix of viewpoints and responses to the event that hopefully help us make sense of where design is and where it’s going.

8th December 2017

Postcards from the future: Life & Surprise
Shane Delahunty

The Future & the Meaning of Life. Two things that people are afraid of, yet can talk shite about considerably as if they have a clue. Try as we might, no matter how much we talk ourselves into believing it, the future is just not as clear as we can all …

6th December 2017

Postcards from the future: Possible paths
Catherine Robertson

I very consciously went into The Future seeking something outside of my own immediate sphere of interests. What exactly this was going to be, I didn’t really know – but I decided to embrace the theme and sought out speakers that I hoped would …

4th December 2017

Postcards from the future: The art of talking to strangers
Simon Sweeney

If any of you spoke to me at any point over the weekend that contained The Future you probably heard me go on about any and or all the points below so feel free to close this tab and read the other more interesting …

1st December 2017

Postcards from the future: Find new ways forward
Lara Hanlon

Growing up, I only ever thought about the future in terms of technological advances, science fiction, utopian and dystopian worlds. It all seemed so far away and out of my control. Today when I think about the future, my hopes and fears lie with …

29th November 2017

Postcards from the future: Democratise the debate
Anusia Grennell

The future (with a little ‘f’) is unknown and therefore nothing can be posited for certain. With that in mind, the role of a conference thus titled is to facilitate speculation and debate. This highly-anticipated addition to the …

27th November 2017

Postcards from the future: Known Unknowns
Marcus Swan

On the 3rd and 4th of November we made our way to the RDS and immersed ourselves in the future – a head-spinning, brain-popping, back-aching new festival that we were happy to be part of. As it was the …

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