Design Futures

advancing future literacy and future well-being. Integrating future thinking into design innovation and future literacy into social innovation.

Call for papers | Special Issue of Systems (SSCI)

This special issue encourages scholars to explore the boundaries of disciplines and fields of knowledge with open, global, cutting-edge, and interdisciplinary thinking, and to contribute research that designs forward-looking actions and strategies with the aim of providing academic references for current social transformation and innovation.

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Subject Areas

Area I.

Design Futures

Based on design and futurology, Designing the Future looks at the future from a humanistic perspective and integrates macroscopic thinking about worldviews and values in products and services; it gives time variables to design, considers evolutionary processes and trends as organic components of design, injects future thinking into design thinking and events, and helps It gives time variables to design, considers evolutionary processes and trends as organic components of design, injects future thinking into design thinking and events, and helps creators think about the current direction of design and technology development from a future perspective.
Area II.

Service Design

Service design should address the service economy in the information society and study the theories related to the extension from interaction design to service innovation.
Service design is based on the core concept of user-centeredness, the combination of design thinking, social service and business innovation, which requires comprehensive consideration of stakeholders' demands, coordination between enterprises, citizens and government, creating intangible service experiences based on user contexts, and creating value and new business models in the service process.
Area III.

Interaction Design

From understanding human behavior and cultural contexts, we create new experiences of living, working, learning and playing through the design of ways of communication and exchange between people, products and environments.
The content includes the concept of interaction design, role and context setting, interaction design pattern analysis, virtual network space design, design prototyping and presentation, etc.
Research Areas

Innovative Directions

Innovation: Towards a digital economy

Good Life and Product Service

In the context of Web 3.0 and digital life, we focus on the paradigm transformation of "good life" and "future well-being", and start from the derivative field of product and service innovation to build behavioral data assets, deduce design prototypes through theoretical construction and action reflection. We provide forward-looking solutions. Through the perspective of "future well-being", we enter the field of inclusive design research, construct the paradigm of future aesthetics, explore the symbiotic form of future products, and continuously create value for enterprises, governments and the public.
Education: Forward-looking education oriented

Futures literacy and futures thinking

"Design Futures is becoming a new disciplinary growth area, and many leading universities around the world are conducting academic research and professional education to cultivate complex and innovative talents for future development. Based on the cutting-edge exploration of "Designing the Future", we have built a knowledge ecology and cultivation system for Designing the Future from an interdisciplinary perspective, and have collaborated with UN agencies, overseas universities and experts to develop curricula, teaching materials and design tools to support the construction and implementation of this professional direction.
Dissemination: geared towards sustainable development

Ecolab Competition and Future Exhibition

At the "critical point" of the integration of art and science, we build a future science center, a future art pavilion, and a future art base through international innovative events, digital exhibition methods, discursive innovative works, and a digital model based on metaverse for science education and art innovation. Incubation platform.
Connectivity: Facing global challenges

Human-centered City and Future Community

In response to the globalization climate challenge and digital revolution, we integrate future thinking and design innovation concepts, design foresight and scenario planning methods, conduct remote and local research, build digitally integrated urban scenarios, provide future vision foresight solutions for urban renewal and community creation from four dimensions: economic vitality, environmental quality, cultural heritage and social equity, and help transform the digitalization of people-centered cities.
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