Designing Interactions Review: Part 9

9 Futures and Alternative Nows
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Energy Futures, London Science Museum, 2004: a scenario from Dunne & Ruby shows children growing meat to provide energy to operate TV

a.Tony Dunne and Fiona Raby
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Energy Futures, London Science Museum, 2004
Top left: Teddy bear blood bag Top right: “Animals for Energy” manual
Bottom left: Electrolyser Backpack Bottom right: Company uniform for family energy producers

Tony Dunne and Fiona Raby teach interaction design at the Royal College of Art in London. They suggest an alternative now that belongs more in the aesthetic mists of the arts than in the pragmatics of functionalism, exploring complex pleasures and existential design with a delicate wit that makes you smile on reflection.

b. John Maeda
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John Maeda is a digital artist and designer, and professor at the MIT Media Lab. In his research initiative called Simplicity, he seeks to return to simpler values and behaviors in the digital realm. He is inspired by the rethinking of design at the Bauhaus, and looks for a new and simpler future for the information revolution?

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