Designing the Future


"We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us" - Winston Churchill

Churchill's observation can easily be extended beyond buildings to all things—from the phone in your pocket to the largest city. Good design is about making the world a beautiful, functional, safe, equitable, and sustainable place—now and into the future. Through creative problem solving, purposeful design tackles such challenges as poor healthcare, substandard housing, urban development, environmental degradation, and disaster mitigation.

Two notable designers join Future Tense to consider the role of design in enhancing our lives, and those of generations to come.

Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University. 

Follow the discussion online using #DesignTheFuture and follow us @FutureTenseNow.


6:30 PM: What is Design?

Prasad Boradkar, Director, InnovationSpace at Arizona State University

6:50 PM: The "Beats" Story: A Design Case Study

Mark Chichester, Director of Design Development, Ammunition Group ("Beats by Dre" and "Kindle") @chicreative

7:30 PM: Where Will Design Take Us Next?

Mark Chichester and Prasad Boradkar