Talk About The Future has been produced by Level Three BA (Hons) Graphic Design Students at The University of the West of England in Bristol. Dealing with the imperfections of talking about the future, the publication investigates the ambitious routes to predicting the future. The future has become the central theme for many 2012 events, with the design world in particular picking up on its significance. Well-renowned design festivals all over the world are engaging in discussion and debate as to how design can be used to improve our collective futures. Seeking to challenge all that ‘talk’, Talk About The Future encourages readers to question the methods for predicting and talking about the future.
23rd May between 6-9pm
In order to create a set of predictions content was gathered through a series of workshop tasks, which were carried out by Level Three BA(Hons) Graphic Design students. They utilised a variety of prediction methods including the ‘End of the World’ questionnaires, fortune cookies, dice and a ouija board. This provided a collection of information, which was then deconstructed to predict and visualise the future, an exceedingly idealistic, unrealistic and impractical task.
Subsequently, a series of graphical responses based on innovation and originality were created by the students. In keeping with the spirit of the design course which encourages thinking beyond the obvious, engaging with debate, looking past what is already being said and taking risks to produce work that communicates strong ideas.
Through rigorous content analysis we filtered through all the findings to discover and align predictions. We have provided both a utopian and dystopian perspective across all predictions.