Designers are increasingly beginning to initiate change, suggesting ways in which we can think and act More than Human. The central questions are: How can we shape the future on this planet? Which new perspectives, concepts, and design strategies are needed to achieve this?
Using trend scanning, new design proposals are traced that signal a change in thinking and acting, disrupt the current human narrative and open up More than Human perspectives for the future. Interviews with experts and participatory workshops are used to explore how we can actively shape this change. It becomes clear that a rethinking from the ground up is necessary and that, in addition to a new design language, new symbols and role models, different design strategies are needed, which must be communicated to a young generation at an early stage. Design activism is the foundation.
The result is the activist campaign Apocalyptic Optimists. It travels across different design institutions, disrupting educational settings to raise awareness of the subject and inspire not only young designers but also educators to rethink their practice. This design intervention motivates through its optimistic design and encourages the use of design as a tool for shaping More than Human futures