University of Technology Sydney

85202 Design Futuring

6cp; 1hpw (lecture), 2hpw (tutorial)
Requisite(s): 85502 Researching Design Histories AND 85503 Thinking Through Design
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.


This subject guides students in the practice of designing with 'storyworlds' and the associated approaches of design fiction, design futuring, speculative design and narrative forecasting. Storyworlds are expansive representations that encompass and communicate the way different things come together in meaningful ways to form worlds. In the context of design research and practice, storyworlds can be a way for designers to reimagine present constraints and to understand their design decisions in relation to a multiplicity of interacting forces. In this subject students become familiar with particular historical examples and fields of knowledge for the purpose of gaining an appreciation for how things could have been very different to the way they turned out and, relatedly, that the future can be created differently to business as usual in the present. Students are expected to apply this understanding for the purpose of proposing alternative storyworlds where their designs are formative features.

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus

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