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Nodes of Design#49: Speculative Design by Phil Balagtas

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Phil Balagtas is a design leader with over two decades of experience in design presently working as Experience Design Director at McKinsey Design and also the founder of The Design Futures Initiative which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that produces events and workshops to evangelize the various approaches which involve using Design to speculate about alternate futures. Phil has a wonderful experience working in across a variety of devices and platforms within non-profit, retail, advertising, and enterprise software organizations. In this episode,  Phil had shared great insights on speculative design and how to use speculative design as a vehicle or method to think about alternative futures, and why designers should speculate. We also discussed how speculative design can integrate with Design Thinking to form the stories or fiction for the future. In the latter part, we discussed various frameworks and methodologies to implement speculative design along with its limitations.   Takeaways: What is speculative design, How to use speculative design to form alternative realities, methodologies, and limitations involved in speculative design.  Tales from Designers around the world - https://medium.com/design-warp The Design Futures Initiative - www.futures.design www.ztopia.show Phil Balagtas recommend books  Exposing the Magic of Design - Jon Kolko Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming -  Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby  Discursive Design: Critical, Speculative, and Alternative Things - Bruce M. Tharp and Stephanie M. Tharp Reframe: Shift the Way You Work, Innovate, and Think - Mona Patel   Thank you for listening to this episode of Nodes of Design. We hope you enjoy the Nodes of Design Podcast on your favorite podcast platforms- Apple Podcast, Spotify, and Google Podcasts.  If this episode helped you understand and learn something new, please share and be a part of the knowledge-sharing community #Spreadknowledge. This podcast aims to make design education accessible to all. Nodes of Design is a non-profit and self-sponsored initiative by Tejj.


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