graduate media design program MADE UP

Friday, March 11
7 – 9 pm Lectures and Discussion
9 – 10 pm Closing Reception

Wind Tunnel Gallery
South Campus
Art Center College of Design
950 S. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105



Geoff Manaugh
BLDGBLOG; Wired UK columnist

Ian Sands
Founder and Managing Partner,
Intentional Futures, former Director of Envisioning for Microsoft Office Labs

Jason Tester
Research Director, Human-Future Interaction, Institute for the Future

This panel will look at the factors of futuring: promises v. predictions, the made up made real, gleam v. glum, props for props, and future fatigue. Moderated by Tim Durfee.


Geoff Manaugh
is the author of BLDGBLOG and The BLDGBLOG Book, former senior editor of Dwell magazine, and contributing editor at Wired UK. In addition to lecturing on a broad range of architectural topics at design schools and museums around the world, from Turin to Melbourne, he has taught design studios at Columbia University, the Pratt Institute, and the University of Technology, Sydney. Manaugh has organized events at Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Architectural Association, the Chicago Humanities Festival, the California College of the Arts, among others. He continues to write for publications such as GOOD, Icon, Volume, Domus, and many websites. In Spring 2010, with Nicola Twilley, he co-curated the exhibition Landscapes of Quarantine, an ARTFORUM Editor’s Pick, at Storefront for Art and Architecture. He is curating the exhibition Landscape Futures at the Nevada Museum of Art, which will open in Autumn 2011.

Ian Sands is the Founder/Managing Partner for Intentional Futures. He is the former Senior Director of Envisioning for MIcrosoft Office Labs. The Envisioning team was founded originally in 2004 by Sands to help catalyze long-term strategic planning and product development inside Microsoft and foster improved perceptions and customer awareness outside the company. Sands graduated from Art Center College of Design.

Jason Tester focuses on three areas at the Institute for the Future (IFTF): research into how people use emerging technologies, the application of design to futures research, and facilitating groups to stimulate insights and implications about the future. Jason strives to look beneath the surface of society and its artifacts for hidden layers of meaning.

Jason has long been interested in researching and designing the ways people interact with technology, expertise he brought to IFTF’s ongoing effort to broaden the ways in which its findings are visualized and presented. To this end, he developed one of IFTF’s current methodologies called “artifacts from the future.” Most recently, he has been interested in moving futures thinking out of the think tanks and into the street by developing a platform called human-future interaction. Such a platform is designed to make futures thinking part of daily life by using immersive experiences and new media tools to provoke and capture citizens’ thoughts about the future.

Before IFTF, Jason was in the founding class at the Interactive Design Institute in Ivrea, Italy, where he undertook the “Accelerated Democracy” project, a series of scenarios that uniquely illustrate potential futures—positive and negative—for technological voting. This project has been widely featured in the press and formed the basis of his focus on new methods for integrating design with long-term futures research. When he was at Stanford, Jason helped found the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, the only research and design group focused on the new field of persuasive technologies—technologies that influence users' thoughts or activities as they use them.

Jason holds a B.S. in human-computer interaction design from Stanford University, and a master's degree from the Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, Italy.

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