This studio focused on imagining various plausible versions of the future. Students identified current technological, sociological and environmental trends. Next, they used speculative design strategies to predict the ways in which those trends might play out in coming years. Students learned about the history of computer graphics and used professional software to generate both images and animated representations of the futures that they had imagined.
Working in collaboration with Heidi Latsky, NuVu students designed wearables for four of her performers for On Display Global. On Display uses fashion as a tool of social justice, aiming to celebrate the beauty of difference. Each performer has a disability, and teams of NuVu students worked closely with the performers to design individualized wearables that highlighted a passion, experience or personality trait.
This studio was centered around a partnership with The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. After visiting the arboretum, collecting video footage with drones and learning from staff about ways in which visitors typically engage with the space, students designed their own virtual reality experiences that allowed users to do things that aren’t normally possible. For example, in some of the VR models, users are able to climb and plant their own trees in the arboretum.