Beyond Speculative Design: Past – Present – Future (THE BOOK)

March 25, 2021

The book is the main outcome of SpeculativeEdu project and represents a comprehensive reflection on our work within the project.

The book Beyond Speculative Design: Past – Present – Future consists of six main sections. After the introduction, there is a brief history of speculation in radically different contexts, followed by a broad overview of speculative design practice and education. From there we dive into speculative design approaches, methods, and tools through a series of detailed case studies written by the practitioners themselves. A summary of critical views on speculative practice over the past two decades follows, and we conclude with a suggestion of future paths and a list of guidelines (towards good practice) for both educators and speculative designers.

We hope that this book will provide newcomers with a thorough introduction to the past, present and future of speculative design and related approaches. Experienced practitioners will have the opportunity to check in and learn more about diverse approaches, methods and tools, as well as case studies; some of which – due to the radical heterogeneity and interdisciplinarity of the field – they may not have previously been aware of. Educators will find a wealth of guidelines, tools, case studies and other sources of inspiration, while students will benefit from a comprehensive and multifaceted overview of the speculative design landscape, across Europe and beyond.

→ Download your FREE digital version in English HERE!

→ BUY printed version in English HERE!

Croatian, Italian and Slovenian translations are available on demand. You can request your free digital version in the language of your choice by email to UNIST (HR), ITD (SLO) or HER (IT).

→ We still have a limited number of English books for free ONLY for educational institutions (institutional, department or course libraries).

We truly hope that you will enjoy reading this book as much as we enjoyed writing it! We would appreciate your feedback, and you are very welcome to contact us at any time with any thoughts or questions you may have.

About SpeculativeEdu

SpeculativeEdu is an educational project that aims to strengthen speculative design education by collecting and exchanging existing knowledge and experience whilst developing new methods in the field of speculative design. Learn more about the project and the project partners.

The SpeculativeEdu project has been funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.


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