Introduction

This book provides a step-by-step overview of the Future Experiences project completed by the Innovation School’s 2020 B.Des Product Design graduates. It outlines why Sustainable Development was chosen as the project theme, describes the processes and methodologies used to explore the topic, and presents the varied proposals developed in response to this urgent global issue

Case Studies

This project generated diverse, surprising, provocative, insightful and intelligent responses from the graduating students. The following case studies represent a sample of these outcomes, chosen to demonstrate the unique ways in which different individuals approached the brief. This book describes the journey that led to these conclusions, with all of the participants’ projects presented in the Graduates Directory section at the end

Process

The Innovation School teaches a human-centred, research-driven process that challenges traditional perceptions of design. This section describes how the students worked in groups to conduct in-depth research with support from Sustainable Development experts. It also explains how workshops led by design specialists provided valuable guidance at specific points in the process

Outcomes

The Innovation School teaches a human-centred, research-driven process that challenges traditional perceptions of design. This section describes how the students worked in groups to conduct in-depth research with support from Sustainable Development experts. It also explains how workshops led by design specialists provided valuable guidance at specific points in the process

Interviews

Academics, practitioners and students reflect on the process and outcomes of this Future Experiences project

Conclusion

This project challenged the students to envision future forms and functions of Sustainable Development work in relation to the Global South. They rose to this challenge and produced outstanding work that demonstrates their expertise in human-centred design innovation. For everyone involved, this was a formative and enlightening project that provoked new thinking about design’s role in the future of Sustainable Development