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Empathising with the future: creating next-next generation products and services

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Journal publication date06/2011
JournalThe Design Journal
Journal number2
Volume14
Number of pages22
Pages231-252
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper discusses the challenges faced by design when it seeks to empathise with future contexts of life and society. It presents a design-led futures framework that outlines approaches suitable for designers when developing next-next generation products and services. This framework enables designers to empathise with our future lives and as such provide next-next generation products and services that are not only required by future consumers, but are desired. Based upon analysis of over thirty interviews with leading exponents of design-led futures in Europe and the USA, the framework provides a road map for designers to empathise with consumers in the future.