As a research method, foresight can be used to create insights, learn demands of new markets, and develop implications for action in complex territories.
Foresight horizon scanning and matrix development are used in my research work as a method to develop possible futures. Forecasting is used here to understand the implications of current horizon scanning in a meaningful way and to think beyond current technologies as barrier to innovation.
By using foresight methods to develop new products, a context is created to directly enable creativity within the constraints and frameworks in design. The generative phase of foresight is the foundation for a process of inquiry. It consists of gathering, analyzing and synthesizing of existing knowledge, in order to codify knowledge into a new vision of the future.
Recent Published Papers
This paper examines how artists and product designers could develop objects in a technological social era by using foresight and ideational drawing as a method of inquiry and anticipated development. It examines methods how artists and designers can consider future states of objects that bridge social engagement between users. It also provides a framework for design considerations of how objects may outgrow its technological value over time. The methodology of foresight and ideational drawing aids in understanding how designers can approach and create an understanding how the object could operate in various future world states and its possible comingling. This paper examines how a nested framework process informs how product designers and the designing of objects are interrelated to techno-social experiences. A nested framework process is a series of applied research methods used in combination to approach a complex problem. It argues for the inclusion of ideational drawing as a method to be included in the Popper diamond.
Published: ISEA Hong Kong 2016
In the current techno-social digital era, objects are significantly shifting in how they are made and for what purpose. Objects that are mass-produced are starting to be engaged in social networks and provide additional value by being technologically connected to a social network. Business models around ownership of goods are starting to shift, from the individual ownership of products to a sharing model with a community. Given changes in function, ownership, and technology, how might designers create domestic objects that will remain relevant over the next ten years?
This paper examines how standard product design processes may accommodate foresight methods and future-state considerations. Two foresight methods are explored: 1) horizon scanning which identifies changes in the broader contextual landscape and 2) comparable scenario development, derived from the three axes of function, ownership and technology, presented here as the “FOT Cube”.
Published: ISEA DUBAI 2015