Design Futures: Arthur Radebaugh and The Golden Age of Futurism

The period between 1958 and 1963 might be described as a Golden Age of American Futurism, if not the Golden Age of American Futurism. Bookended by the founding of NASA in 1958 and the end of The Jetsons in 1963, these few years were filled with some of the wildest techno-utopian dreams that American futurists had to offer. It also happens to be the exact timespan for the greatest futuristic comic strip to ever grace the Sunday funnies: Closer Than We Think.

Design Futures: Arthur Radebaugh and The Golden Age of Futurism

The Future Makers: The Futurist Manifesto

Futurism is one of those avant-garde movements of 20th century which left it’s mark on modern art. It was not only an artistic but also a social movement that originated in Italy in the early 20th century. It emphasized speed, technology, youth, and violence, and objects such as the car, the aeroplane, and the industrial city.

The Future Makers: The Futurist Manifesto

The Future Makers: A Year in the Metabolist Future of 1972

With words such as ‘organism’, ‘cell’, ‘fabric’ and ‘regeneration’, Japan’s Metabolist movement articulated a distinct and idiosyncratic aesthetic for their projects and defined a new architectural vocabulary.

The Future Makers: A Year in the Metabolist Future of 1972

The Future Makers: The Prophetic Side of Archigram

A giant city crawls across the land like an insect. Airships drop cultural attractions onto unsuspecting villages. A hovercraft expands into an inflatable settlement. These visions, sparked by sci-fi novels and comic books, belonged to the collective Archigram, which existed from 1961 to 1974.

The Future Makers: The Prophetic Side of Archigram
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The Future Makers: Our Need to See the Future

Mankind thrives on predictability, on the reasoned and relative certainty of future events. It is part an innate evolutionary survival skill….

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The Future Makers: Our Need to See the Future

The Future Makers: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Utopian Dystopia

In 1928, Frank Lloyd Wright had an idea that was to become an obsession. He was sixty-one-years old. After a very public and tumultuous divorce with his second wife, he finally married Olga Ivanovna, his long-time mistress. He was ready to start anew. He wanted to craft his legacy with the same meticulousness with which he built his houses.

The Future Makers: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Utopian Dystopia

The Future Makers: Broadacre City - Frank Lloyd Wright's Unbuilt Suburban Utopia

Frank Lloyd Wright was arrogant, stubborn, and brilliant. But above all, he was a shrewd businessman who understood the importance of spectacle in keeping his business afloat. Wright put on many shows over the course of his lifetime, but arguably no performance was greater than his utopian plan to create the perfect community: Broadacre City.

The Future Makers: Broadacre City - Frank Lloyd Wright's Unbuilt Suburban Utopia

The Future Makers: Wright’s Lincoln Continental

Wright was not just a great architect and urban planner, he was also a gifted graphic designer, stained glass designer and collector of, and authority on, Japanese Ukiyo-e wood block prints. He fancied himself capable of designing anything, but his arrogance meant that he occasionally wandered far beyond his expertise….

The Future Makers: Wright’s Lincoln Continental

The Future Makers: Sans Forgetica

Psychology and design researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne created a font called Sans Forgetica, which was designed to boost information retention for readers.

The Future Makers: Sans Forgetica

The Future Makers: Unintended Futures

"People (both human people and fish people) aren’t dying because the world is running out of water. They’re dying because the water is being stolen."

The Future Makers: Unintended Futures

The Future Makers: Unintended Consequences

"In the complex mix of every problem or less than desirable outcome, there is usually some form of flawed Design Thinking and unfortunately very often a designer."

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The Future Makers: Unintended Consequences