The Future is Here: DFL September Colloquium – Stuart Geddes & Brad Haylock

Please join us for our next colloquium this coming Friday afternoon, as Stuart Geddes and Brad Haylock discuss the design of the visual identity and collateral material for The Future is Here at RMIT Design Hub

Friday 19 September @ 4:00pm

Meet at the front desk in the exhibition space:
RMIT Design Hub Project Room 1


We are in the midst of a transformation in the way we design, make and consume the objects that we depend upon. New techniques, technologies and relationships mean that the boundaries between designer, manufacturer and user are becoming increasingly blurred. Greater access to information about how objects are made, as well as access to those who traditionally make them, is revolutionising the role of the consumer so that more people than ever before are taking part in the production of our physical world. The Future is Here asks what this means for all of us.

The Future is Here is a touring exhibition created by the Design Museum, London. When on show at RMIT Design Hub, the exhibition included additional local design research projects that demonstrate the importance of speculation and prototyping to innovation and design, including a new exhibition identity and communication design solution by RMIT Design Futures Lab researchers Stuart Geddes and Brad Haylock.

The visual identity for The Future is Here at RMIT Design Hub has been approached in a way that embodies the themes of the exhibition. The visual identity, the exhibition signage, this catalogue and the other graphic elements showcase the latest visual communication design and production technologies, as well as a number of advanced manufacturing techniques usually reserved for other disciplines, such as architecture or industrial design.

2015 PhD Scholarships open for application

RMIT University is currently inviting applications for PhD scholarships.

We are actively seeking applicants with first class Honours or equivalent qualifications, who are interested in undertaking design research in any of the four DFL research areas

  • Experiential Futures
  • Learning Futures
  • Publishing Futures
  • Social Futures

Many projects span areas, please see our projects for more info

You would become a member of the Design Futures Lab at RMIT University, home to leading design researchers (Laurene Vaughan, Yoko Akama, Brad Haylock, Jeremy Yuille, Neal Haslem, Marius Foley, Toni Roberts) and a growing group of postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Applications close 31 October 2014.

Please see the RMIT website for scholarship details & and how to apply

Speculative design through food


Design + Ethnography + Futures workshop 4:
22nd September2014, 2-5pm/
RMIT Design Hub, Pavilion 1 (level 10)
“Please bring something alive and also edible to share”
RSVP to Yoko Akama (

Eating keeps us alive, but also necessitates the death of other organisms. In our urbanised living, many of us are removed from the birth and death of the majority of the things we eat. But what if we could design a ‘zero food miles’ system filled with organisms that we could grow and kill ourselves, in our own homes? Join us for a workshop with chef and ex-DERC member Helen Addison-Smith, where we work, think and eat our way through speculative food design. She will lead us through a 3hr workshop through making, sharing and eating food as a way to explore some of the deeper questions that confronts as well as motivate what we do. Be prepared to get your hands dirty, challenge your personal boundaries through intimate eating, and learn from an ‘ethnography of ingestion’ that may offer new ways of thinking and doing! Please bring something alive and also edible to share.

As with all of our Design + Ethnography + Futures workshops, this is not a ‘how to do design ethnography’ methods workshop or one that seeks to impart knowledge. We invite you to enter it with as little pre-conceived ideas as possible, including expectations for this workshop to achieve predefined outcomes. The spirit of the Design + Ethnography + Futures program is a space to enable us all to discover and generate new understandings together, triggered by the workshop theme, facilitators and one another’s input. What you make and take away is therefore, entirely up to you+us. As such, we invite you to try and be comfortable with the random, experimental, improvisatory nature of uncertainty and let the process of discovery unfold 😉

Numbers are limited to 20 participants so please RSVP to

This event is supported by the Digital Ethnography Research Centre, Design Futures Lab and the Design Research Institute.

Essaying the Fabpod

Essaying in the Fabpod-ls

21st August, 10am – 2pm, Level 9 Design Hub

This workshop seeks to catalyse participants’ imaginations on what the FabPod can become through creative writing methodology and evoke future scenarios of its use and experience. The workshop moves through various stages and spaces to explore three questions 1) What is the FabPod? 2) What could it be? 3) What does a co-created experience feel like? Conversing over food and drinks will be part of these stages. The workshop is led by David Carlin and invites participants from the DRI, DFL and Non-fiction Lab to speculate futures and produce a collective essay that combines writing and imagery by the end of the 3hr workshop.

Please go to Design + Ethnography + Futures for more information on

Here are some images from the workshop

Essaying in the Fabpod2-lsEssaying in the Fabpod4-lsEssaying out the Fabpod-lsEssaying out the Fabpod2-lsEssaying out the Fabpod10-lsEssaying out the Fabpod11-lsLunching Fabpod-ls

Future Cities: DFL August Colloquium – Dan Hill

Please join us for our next colloquium this coming Monday afternoon, as Dan Hill discusses the Future Cities Catapult

Monday August 11 @ 3:45pm

RMIT Design Hub: Level 8 meeting room area

Dan Hill is Executive Director of Futures at the UK’s Future Cities Catapult. A designer and urbanist, he has previously held leadership positions at Fabrica, SITRA, Arup and the BBC. He writes regularly for the likes of Dezeen, Domus and Volume, as well as the renowned blog City of Sound.

Throughout a career focused on integrating design, technology, cities, media and people, Dan has been responsible for shaping many innovative, popular and critically acclaimed products, services, places, strategies and teams.

Between Land and Cloud: DFL July Colloquium – Dr Marius Foley & Blair Wilde

Please join us for our next colloquium this coming Monday afternoon, as Dr Marius Foley and Blair Wilde discuss learning between land and cloud

Monday July 14 @ 3:45pm
RMIT Design Hub: Level 8 meeting room area

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Design Futures Lab Graduate Research Conference presentations

Please find attached the latest schedule and abstracts of all Design Futures Lab research candidates presenting during the Graduate Research Conference, 10-13th June.

Design Futures Lab have always worked really hard to create a culture of collegiality and shared inquiry, so I hope you and your friends / peers can come to this public presentation of work and celebrate the candidates’ achievements in meeting their milestones, or presenting their current thinking in their research.

I would also like to extend a warm welcome to all Communication Design staff, students, alumni and potential research applicants to come along to see the amazing exploration and challenges of research. I hope you’ll find it inspiring as much as we do!

Please download the program for GRC June 2014 here!

Myths of the Near Future: Social Experiences Mediated by Phone


3-5pm, 11th June 2014

More than ever, people live through and are mediated by mobile phones. Via collective storying, an ethnographic method in design, this workshop will open the phone as a mediated collective zone where participants share stories about changing social interactions and how mobile phones are implicated in these changes. A pre-workshop activity involves shadowing a friend using their mobile phone. In the workshop we’ll discuss what we saw in the shadowing experience and describe our own phone usage over the previous week. These activities will inform some collective storying about phones. The second half of the workshop offers the opportunity to develop visual narratives with found photos and/or collaboratively create photos of mediated moments with the phone. By interacting with and composing found materials the photos can make legible selected mobile interactions, and the fleeting emotions they invoke. In other words, the workshop collects and produces narratives about mobile phones and images the emotional landscapes they trigger. It will explore how the phone is the prompt and the subject / evidence of our social activity / mediated communication, and maybe even our sole design instrument.

This workshop will be led by Katherine Moline from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW Australia. Her research on experimental practices in art and design is published in journals such as Studies in Material Thinking and Craft and Design Enquiry, and exhibitions she has curated, including ‘Connections: Experimental Design’ and the forthcoming ‘Feral Experimental’ at Galleries UNSW.

Places are limited so if you would like to come to Katherine’s workshop, please RSVP

Broadcasting out – JS Broadcasting out-JS

Connected – JSConnected-JS

Untitled – DSDagny Stuedahl 2

Untitled 2- DSDagny Stuedahl


Fact checking – SAFact checking-SA


Jenny Holzer 2014 – SAJenny Holzer 2014-SA

Fingers and Thumbs1- DC Fingers and Thumbs2-DC Fingers and Thumbs3-DC Fingers and Thumbs4-DC

Hidden private spaces on the phone – JSHidden private spaces on the phone-JS

Image of ‘self’ as code – AMImage of 'self' as code-AM


Self as code – LVSelf as code1-LV Self as code2-LV Self as code3-LV Self as code4-LV Self as code5-LV


Images – MB

Images - MB Images2-MB


Metafora – JCMetafora -JC


Overload so nothing is in focus – JSOverload so nothing is in focus-JS


Phone as fridge – DCPhne as fridge-DC

Phone waves – DCPhone waves-DC


Phone-eye – DC



Photo of photo – NHphoto of photo 1-NH photo of photo 2-NH photo of photo 3-NH


Pics – CHPic 2-CH Pics3-CH Pics4-CH Pics5-CH Pics6-CH




The hungry digital ghost – TIThe hungry digital ghost-TI

The tensions of desire and repulsion – TIThe tensions of desire and repulsion-TI


The image of the image of the image – MDThe image of the image of the image-MD


Untitled – MDUntitled 2- MD  untitled-MD Untitled4-MD


What the phone sees when no-one’s looking – DCWhat a phone sees when no-one's looking-DC






Spaces of Innovation – connections, lines and collaborations by Elisenda Ardèvol & Débora Lanzeni

Eli+Deb wkshop

Photo by Mediageek2011

Kicking off the first of five workshops for Design + Ethnography + Futures program in 2014, we had Elisenda Ardèvol and
Débora Lanzeni, from the Mediaccions Research Group at the UOC, Barcelona  on the 3rd April.

Spaces of Innovation – connections, lines and collaborations

Creative spaces driven by citizenship and institutions blossom all over around the world. Urban labs, City labs, FabLabs, Hackerspaces, Makerspaces, co- workings, hubs and so on, are the new centers where people converge to think, create, make, experience, participate and share knowledge in the cities that they dwell. This is a new setting where the dynamic of creation is much more intertwined with the social everyday life, thus unfolding non-traced innovation paths. A context in which, from relations in movement, emerge new qualities that are not defined so far.  These qualities could be envisioned as a place/space from where we think up open futures.

In this workshop we aim to connect, reshape and rehearse different ways to draw a space revolving to make togetherness, innovation and permanence. We will explore this through playful practices with yarn, wires and mental networks.  Because the lines are the trails along which life is lived and novelty occurs.

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