Founded by designers Elliott P. Montgomery and Chris Woebken, the Extrapolation Factory sets out to “explore the value of rapidly imagined, prototyped, deployed and evaluated visions of possible futures on an extended time scale.” In 2013, they won the Core77 award in the Speculative Design category for their project 99 cent futures, in which they held a design jam to create speculative products from the discount store of the future. When an exhibition incorporating 99 cent futures opened in China last December, CNN published this report.
For their first visit to Toronto, the Situation Lab is hosting two exciting opportunities for members of the design community and others interested to learn about – and take part in – Chris and Elliott’s amazing work.
This post originally appeared at situationlab.org
Lecture: ‘Future Factories’ – February 27
Future Factories will take place at 49 McCaul Street, Toronto, on Thursday February 27, 2014, at 5:30pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Design Jam: ‘Futurematic’ – March 1
Futurematic is a design jam to fill a vending machine with artifacts from the future. Participants will conceptualize and execute designs for the objects, focusing mostly on packaging design and rapid prototyping as ways of exploring possible futures. The jam will also include an opportunity to play the Situation Lab’s brand-new imaginary objects card game, “The Thing from the Future.”
The jam will take place Saturday March 1, 2014, from 10am until 5pm at 100 McCaul St, Room 187 (Lambert Lounge), OCAD University, Toronto.
Futurematic is a joint presentation of the Situation Lab and the Extrapolation Factory.