KISDtalk: "Speculative Design" and "The Future of Work Is Romantic"

KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design , 15. November 2016

What does the future hold for business, professional life, society, and our interactions? David Weigend (Berlin) and Tim Leberecht (San Francisco) will present their ideas on forthcoming innovations, speculative future design services, products, and alternatives to "big data" and "quantified selves": can speculative design provide better solutions and can the future of work be romantic?

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KISDtalk: "Speculative Design" and "The Future of Work Is Romantic"

KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design


  • 15. November 2016
  • 17.30 Uhr bis 19.00 Uhr


KISD – Köln International School of Design, Ubierring 40, 50678 Köln


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KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design


David Weigend (Economist, Design Thinker, "Futurium gGmbh", Berlin)
Tim Leberecht (TED talk Speaker, Strategy Expert, "Leberecht & Partners", San Francisco)


KISD – Köln International School of Design

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First talk: "Speculative Design" (David Weigend)
David Weigend is head of “Reallabor” at “Futurium” in Berlin. This newly created institution is dedicated to questions of the future and will provide an interactive and participatory space in order to conceive alternative futures. In his talk, David Weigend will focus on the methodology of speculative design and its significance for shaping the upcoming exhibition of Futurium. Speculative design explores the potential consequences of scientific, technological, and social innovations. The aim of speculative design is the development of provocative prototypes for future products, systems, and services. Therefore, it combines informed speculation and technology foresight with a deep consideration of the cultural landscape.

Second talk: "The Future of Work Is Romantic" (Tim Leberecht)
Tim Leberecht, a recent TED Conference speaker and former CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) of Frog Design, believes that in a world of algorithms, big data, and “quantified selves”, we are at risk of engineering inherently human qualities out of our lives. Observing an emerging counter-movement, he argues that we are shifting from a smart age to a new romantic era in which only organizations comfortable with ambiguity and emotion will thrive. When everything is seamlessly connected, convenient, and predictable, we must find meaning through mystery, friction, and the beauty of the unexpected. Illustrated through examples that include hermits and secret societies, talking to strangers, and “Thick Days”, Tim presents three Rules of Enchantment that will help you design purpose-driven, romantic organizations and brands.

Both talks will be held in English language.

The KISDtalks are a public lecture series on relevant perspectives of design. They give open space for an open-minded and profound analysis of current and future issues of design, culture, society, technology, and different scientific disciplines. Topics are interdisciplinary, integrative, and provide internationality by domestic and international speakers.
The KISDtalks always take place on Tuesday at 5.30 pm. The 60-90 minutes-long presentations with “Q&A“ are a public event and free of charge.