Digital design, workshop facilitation
The second workshop of the series, Offerings, aimed to provide a better understanding of creating futures through design. It was planned with the intention of producing a printed zine after the event, containing contributions from the participants. I approached the workshop with a new perspective after reflecting and incorporating the feedback from the first one. After a short introduction and welcome, I started the event with a meditation to ground the group physically despite being in a shared virtual space. The digital space occupied through Zoom, Figma, and external websites became the alternative world in which we could explore the possibilities of speculation and futures. While the first workshop focused on dreaming and immaterial worlds, this one revolved around how dreaming can then translate into the material world and create tangible change.
This workshop hosted designers and students from the US and Europe, including design students from the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, and Missouri State University. This workshop gave me much more insight into a communal design practice sparked by a community-based pedagogical practice. The zine that the collective produced is an embodied visual artifact of our contemplations on temporalities, futures, and politics. In addition to documenting their responses to the given prompts, this zine also serves as a public continuation of the conversation surrounding how we can utilize design for political future-building.
*This zine is available for digital download and printing.