Compasses for Wayfinding – Dunne & Raby’s “Speculative Everything”

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more influential pair of practitioners working within the ‘critical design’ space than Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, and rightly so, given they coined the term almost two decades ago. In recent years the duo have created esoteric depictions of future political and spatial ecologies in the UK, coping mechanisms for the (quite possible) over-populated and famished years ahead, and dreamlike visions of the role robots might eventually play in everyday life. To Dunne and Raby, design is not the provision of services to clients or kowtowing to market demands. Rather, it can be a platform for speculation, a means of crafting ”fictional worlds, cautionary tales” and “what if scenarios” to stoke our collective imagination.

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