Intervention design is a new skool design methodology that is influenced by speculative design. It is a speculative approach to designing for the new world.

Some technologies have advanced beyond our ability to conceptualize their implications. In response, a new discipline in design, architecture, and art emerges: speculative design. It takes the uncertainties and ambiguity of new technologies as a starting point and imagines probable outcomes. It includes non-human agents and anticipates a world in which humans might play a less central role. Speculative design poses ‘what if’ questions to open discussions about the kind of future we want and anticipates at the future to make it more shapeable.

It deals with the new materialism of our world. Industrial material allowed inexpensive mass production and distribution of standardized design. Now we are confronted with new materialism that will be as transformative. Also speculative design introduces a new (post-anthropocentric) way of thinking about the user (or the other): who may or may not be human.

To create an full understanding of the future probabilities design fiction is used to create probable future worlds as environments for new designs. Future worlds are created by introducting just one or two fictional but probable elements leading to an environment that is both familiair and new.

Hier is de presentatie voor de cursus Media Impact van CMD Amsterdam: CMDAMediaImpactInterventionDesign.
En hier zijn de hand-outs: MedialabAmsterdamInterventionDesignHandOuts.

Here is the presentation at Medialab Amsterdam on thursday februari 1st: MedialabAmsterdamInterventionDesignFictionalWorldBuilding.
And here are the hand-outs: MedialabAmsterdamInterventionDesignFictionalWorldBuildingHandOuts.