Kate Bulpitt
Kate Bulpitt
15th July 2015

Tickets are now now on sale for dConstruct, a day jam-packed with design inspiration and stimulation. The conference will be celebrating it’s 10th year, and trust us - you really don’t want to miss the inter-galactic festivities! (also, you must see the truly lovely website, which is out-of-this-world swoon-worthy).

Each year we pick a different theme, and as 2015 is the year Marty McFly travelled Back to the Future with Doc Brown, we wanted to do the same. This year’s theme is fittingly titled “Designing the Future”, because in some small way we all do this every single day. We may not be designing hover boards, or self tightening shoes—although those things do exist—but we are conceiving things that won’t launch for 3 months, 6 months, a year, or (in the case of some of our slower moving projects) even longer.

How did our grandparents imagine today would be, and what can we learn from past visions of the future? What aspects have come to pass? Which predictions didn’t come true and why not? How do Hollywood visions of the future affect our dreams and expectations, and is this necessarily a good thing? How can designers use techniques like design fiction to help their clients imagine future states, be that setting a vision for your new startup, or imagining technology that doesn’t quite exist yet? How can we even start to create new products in a world that will have changed so much by the time we launch?

We hope to tackle these and other meaty questions at dConstruct 2015, with the help of our amazing speakers, including Josh Clark, founder of Big Medium; designer Carla Diana; Dan Hill, Executive Director of Futures at the UK’s Future Cities Catapult, and Ingrid Burrington, who by all accounts is a conference must-see.

They’ll join an illustrious alumni of fantastic speakers, including Don Norman, Frank Chimero, Adam Buxton, James Burke, Aleks Krotoski and Warren Ellis - just check out the event’s archive, where you can enjoy an earthly smörgåsbord of former dConstruct talks.

So join us at the Brighton Dome (hovering in low earth orbit above Old Brighton) on the 11th September 2035 for a trip Back to the Future of design.