An overview of the Speculative Design landscape


Updated version of this study is available in the SpeculativeEdu book Beyond Speculative Design: Past – Present – Future.

The first phase of the SpeculativeEdu project presents a description of the actual situation in Speculative Design education at the European level with an additional view of the practice context—showing examples of the most representative and relevant practices. By studying examples of design curricula, designers’ skills and competences, and by collecting existing educational practices (approaches, methods, tools) and “real life” case studies, project researchers have gained various resources to reflect on and develop new and upgraded educational concepts. This analysis will be the basis of the second phase of the project (working on the textbook, online repository and case-study exhibition).

This page links to all other essays, which also include links to other resources/pages generated in the context of the SpeculativeEdu project.

Essays included in the overview are:

  1. New reflections on speculativity;
  2. SpeculativeEdu survey: first indications;
  3. An overview of contemporary speculative practice;
  4. A fragmented history of speculative practice;
  5. Analysis of existing approaches, methods and tools;
  6. Reflections on criticism of speculative practice.

Approaches, methods and tools for Speculative Design

A look into Speculative Design approaches, methods and tools and introduction to the building of the online repository by Salvatore Iaconesi.

SpeculativeEdu Survey: first indications

Ingi Helgason sums up early indications from our SpeculativeEdu survey on the Speculative Design education landscape.

An overview of contemporary speculative practice

A tour d’horizon of SpeculativeEdu’s investigation into contemporary Speculative Design practice by Julian Hanna.

New Reflections on Speculativity

Overview of the Speculative Design approach with the reflections on the personal practice by the SpeculativeEdu coordinator Ivica Mitrović.

Critical about Critical and Speculative Design

Thoughts on critics of Critical and Speculative Design at the intersection of critical reflection and pedagogic practice by Matt Ward.

Other Worlds

The first in a series of historical fragments for Speculative Design by James Auger, Michael Smyth, Ingi Helgason and Julian Hanna.

The Radical Design Movement

More essential history for Speculative Design by Michael Smyth.