In a four-week project, students in the first year Digital Prototyping course engaged with the UN Sustainability Goals and notions of speculative design, discursive design and design fiction.
The goal was to generate knowledge in and through a speculative design approach, utilising digital materials and prototyping techniques around a chosen theme of sustainable development. People outside the design process were also engaged with, to evaluate how the designed artifacts were “working” as discursive design.
Students were asked to avoid:
Greta proposes a shoulder-mounted audio shroud which gives constant audio feedback on the sustainability impact of products around you. Reflecting that sustainability is multi-dimensional and individuals care about different factors, an app allows the user to change a filter. For example, distinguishing products by how far away they were produced, their total carbon footprint and so on.
Strawmore recasts cheap, disposable plastic straws as luxury goods. Straws bought for conspicuous consumption and collecting and made of exotic materials. Physical mock-ups were made alongside an online shopping experience.
Drawing on the face ‘fixing’ functions in selfie photography and social media, Fix-a-Fruit applies this to an imagined social network for sharing blemish-free fruit.
Swipe Dream as a critical design project intends to provoke discussions about the importance of donating through organizations with transparent and monitored systems.
The project includes an app that enables direct donations to people in need of help based on the user’s personal preferences such as religion, race, sexuality and needs while by-passing administrative costs.
Having the possibility to select who to not help makes users question their moral values. The points system and leader board made users doubt intentions of donating, it is about doing good and not about competition.
CoralCooler speculates on ice-creams that nourish and colour coral. Each kind of ice-cream is packed with different nuggets that are complete with nutrients and a colouring agent. After enjoying your ice-cream at the beach, simply toss it into the ocean.
The project comments on the futility of ‘fixing’ an ecosystem as complex as coral reefs, and the human desire for nature to be managed and conform to visual standards.
Pollinationist: the job of tomorrow is a speculative design project created to through provocation raise awareness about UN:s sustainable development goal 13: Climate action. The project is an interpretation on resilience and the ability to adapt to the heat waves Malmö, Sweden been experiencing 2018. If butterflies, bees and birds would come to harm due to this climate change, what could it look like when human tries to replace their work with their own efforts? To further generate knowledge and to raise questions, we have created an app and a prop that are showcased in a video.