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Prototyping Images of the Future at Austin Design Week

  • Capital Factory 701 Brazos Street Austin, TX, 78701 United States (map)


The world is transforming at an ever increasing pace; from the political & economic landscape to emerging technologies affecting mankind and our environments.

How will Design play a role in these transformations?

How will the role of Designer transform as the future rapidly becomes the future-present?

Speculative Design is an approach that allows designers to consider the potential futures we might inhabit by imagining products, services, and the cultural impact of our work on society.

We’ll facilitate speculation on the evolving role of Design and Designer in a rapidly changing world.

Using Futures Frameworks we can imagine both the worlds we want to create or avoid.

Along with Subject Matter Experts, we’ll guide participants through analyzing the path of emerging tech that could shape the next decade of our lives. Through these lenses we’ll develop a point of view and consider strategies for activating the present to design a better tomorrow.


Adam Zeiner is an Interaction Designer at the Design Institute for Health, a partnership between the Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. Adam focuses on Systems, Services, Design-Futures, Information Architecture & Visualization, and the interactions of actors in systems. Outside of work, Adam is a Founding Partner of the vurv tech-arts collective, the acting Continued Learning Director of fresh2design, a Board Member of The Design Futures Initiative, and Organizer of the Austin chapter of the Speculative Futures Meetup. He also enjoys getting outdoors, trying new restaurants & cocktails, tattoos, and traveling as much as possible.