Speculative Design, Experiments & Play

2018 - 2022 

Speculative design allows me to imagine alternative futures, raise awareness of emerging issues, make commentary about social problems and foster interdisciplinary collaboration. Plus, it’s fun! Some speculative design projects include:

  • Wikipedia Hoax Band: As I started to contribute to Wikipedia, I discovered the ‘Hoaxes Page, a list of bogus entries that survived for years without being noticed. Included on this list were about a dozen fictional music bands. I designed cover art for these fake bands based on the stories of their removed Wikipedia pages. I also created a fictitious benefit concert linking to donation websites for the victims of Hurrican Maria. 
  • Dating Socks: Inspired by trends of online dating culture and the sadness of our lost socks, artist Ingrid Tremblay and I created Dating Socks, an app for single socks to find matches and have a new chance at love. 
  • Poster for Harvard Class: I taught Collaborating with AI: Art, Ethics & Play with metaLAB’s at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where we encouraged students to create disciplinary fiction using generative AI tools. I’ve done this exercise a couple of times with students, and the assigment is now featured in the AI Pedagogy Project.