Dexign the Future

Peter Scupelli, Arnold Wasserman, and Judy Brooks

As corporations, governmental organizations, and non-government organizations face rapid change and uncertain times they are looking for new ways of thinking and acting. For designers trained to shape futures defined by change and uncertainty there are unprecedented opportunities. In this course, students explore the forces that drive change in the future (i.e., social, economic, political, environmental, technological), and learn to align innovation strategically with the trajectories of those forces on long-time horizons. In this course, we focus on developing design agility with design methods for long time horizons. Traditional design methods such as Human-Centered Design and Design Thinking do not prepare designers to think systematically about long-time horizons. The goal of this course is to teach designers design methods for long time horizons. Design for long time horizons is of particular interest for challenges like transition design towards sustainable futures or more generally to design in turbulent times characterized by rapid change.

Visit the Dexign the Future and Intro to Dexign the Future course blogs to learn more.


Scupelli, P. & Wasserman, A. (2014). Dexign the future: lessons learned from teaching a design studio course on human-centered innovation for exponential times. Oxford Futures Forum, OFF2014, Saïd Business School, Oxford University, May 30-31, 2014. 

Wasserman, A., Scupelli, P., & Brooks, J. (2015) Learn 2050! and Dexign Futures: Lessons Learned Teaching Design Futures. IDSA Education Symposium, IDSA 50th Conference: The Future of the Future, Seattle, WA. August 19, 2015.