'Designing the future' by Dr Roy Bendor
Posted 06/06/2019 12:17

"Have no fear of perfection -- you will never reach it ." Salvador Dali


The Challenger Program had another session 22 May where the theme centred around "Designing the future". They explored the topic of design through theoretical, practical and futuristic perspectives. Here is an account of the session by Arsenii Krasnov (Y10)


"Dr Roy Bendor, Challenger guest speaker, teaches industrial design at the Delft University of Technology. After a short introduction, he asked us to “close our eyes and imagine ourselves walking on the street in the future.” What was interesting was that the responses were very diverse; some futures were very futuristic, others, not so much. Many people even knew the exact location which they imagined. The exercise’s aim was to show us that the future is plural - There are many of them, on different timescales, the future is both individual and collective.

That is important in industrial design, because products must be made with the future in mind, if they are to last. 
We learned about the many ways which are used to plan for the future - one of them is being the “Delphi method”, in which a wide range of experts is consulted to discern the most likely future, to which the design will then be adapted.

In the last (and in my opinion the best) part of this lesson we were given a game, called “The thing from the future” to play, which was very unique, none of the previous lecturers gave us games to play. In this game, you pull 3 types of cards, one with the “thing” itself, one with the mood of the future that the object is in and one with the “terrain”, what the object is related to. We were then asked to come up with a news headline for the resulting object. 

The lesson ended on a positive note after everyone read out their best headlines from each table. 

Dr Roy Bendor teaches industrial design at Delft University of Technology. Born and raised in Israel, he spent almost 15 years on the West Coast of Canada studying the ways in which interactive media are designed and used to promote sustainability. When he isn’t thinking about how to design better futures for everyone, he likes to listen to music, play the guitar, explore The Hague’s beautiful dunes, and make his own hummus.

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