Reading: Speculative Everything: Design Fiction and Social Dreaming 

From the reading1, I find there are several Important key points for successful Critical Design:

·It is offering people hopes.

·It looks beyond the design, it looks for ideas.

·It helps people to imagine the different might to be in the future.

·It let people to think about alternatives to the current system (Think out of the box) 

“It is not in trying to predict the future, but in using design to open up all sorts of possibilities that can be discussed, debated, and used to collectively define a preferable future for people.” As the quote from Dunne and Raby (2013), critical design provides a brand new concept for people, which is designers may not need to design the products, they need to create the ideas and inspirations.

Reading 2 some of the problems associated with the contemporary critical design movement:

In the second article, it present three main issues generates in contemporary critical design movement.

The first issues is ‘we are obsessed with class systems because we can’t help it.’

In order to solve the problem, the SCD should seeing how shallow its own speculations are, and how much more relevant and inclusive they could be.

Secondly, ‘SCD seems to be curiously apathetic and apolitical for a discipline that strives to be a critical response to mainstream perceptions of what design is, and what it should do.’

The SCD need considering more diversity and face to the realities.

The third issues is, ‘Speculative Design can only earn its “Critical” name once it leaves its own comfort zone and start looking beyond privilege, for real.’

It illustrates that SCD needs to leave its (Northern European middle class confines) safe zone. The SCD needs to think about the issues of race, class and gender. To do things beyond privilege, for real.


Dunne, A. and Raby, F. (p1-9, 2013). Speculative Everything: Design Fiction and Social Dreaming. London: The MIT press.

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