An Overview of Futures Research for Designers

  • Deepshikha DashEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 134)


Design impacts the everyday life of people and has the potential to influence their behavior and environment. Hence, a holistic and well-informed approach to designing for the future would benefit the society and its evolution. However, the lack of tools and techniques to help designers engage with the far future has been identified as a gap in the Design process. In order to overcome this, designers need to turn into visionaries and this can only be possible if they enter the field of Futures Research. This paper highlights both the commonality and the disparity of Futures Research with the Design process. In doing so, it aims to explore a complimentary beneficial system that will help not only Designers but also other Futurists.


Futures research Futures thinking Micro–macro environment Aspired values Design methodology Design thinking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IDC School of DesignIndian Institute of Technology BombayBombayIndia

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