plans and speculated actions

veronica ranner, dan lockton, molly wright steenson, gyorgyi galik, tobie kerridge

Royal College of Art (2); Carnegie Mellon University; Future Cities Catapult; Goldsmiths, University of London


Keywords: futures; complexity; speculative design; behaviour change

Conversation Overview

In the last decades, much design research around “future-focused thinking” has come to prominence in relation to changes in human behaviour, at different scales, from the Quantified Self, to visions of smart cities, to Transition Design. The design of products, services, environments and systems plays an important role in affecting what people do, now and in the future: what has become known in recent years as design for behaviour change. Our Conversation is motivated by three, interlinked questions: on designers’ agency; on sense-making; and on complexity. We collectively explored considerations of people, and people’s behaviour, in design, particularly in the ways visions of futures are drafted.

This conversation is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence.

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This conversation took place on Tuesday 28th June at DRS2016; find it in the conference programme




Ranner, V., Lockton, D., Steenson, M.W., Galik, G. and Kerridge, T. (2016). ‘Plans and Speculated Actions’. Conversation at DRS 2016: Design, Research, Society: Future-Focused Thinking, 27-30 June 2016, Brighton, UK. Available at:

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