Fuel4Design – Future education and Literacy for Designers


Oscar Tomico, Laura Clèries, Guim Espelt


Oslo School of Architecture and Design, University of the Arts London, Politecnico de Milano



FUEL4Design supports the discipline of Design and its MA/PhD students and teachers in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to productively anticipate critical futures learning needs and change processes through sustained future making.Design is one of the few disciplines that work pragmatically and creatively with the future. It does so through acts of making and projection that aim to produce products, services and interactions beyond the strategies and systems of the here-and-now. 21st-century design pedagogy needs to be urgently reframed in an approach that we call ‘Design Futures Literacy’. This is a literacy that connects teaching and learning to provide an education for young designers for designing for complex tomorrows.

The main objectives of the project are to develop, test and implement new approaches and resources to provide learners and educators with innovative and adaptable tools to imagine, perform and enact a plurality of futures by design.

This is to equip design learners and educators to deal with real-world issues on technodigital futures, climate crisis, and political instability. We will connect experimentation and design theory via invention, imagination, speculation, and through design making activities such as via prototyping, scenario building, and foresight.


  • Design Futures Lexicon.
  • Futures Philosophical Pills.
  • Design Futures Scouting.
  • Design Futures Toolkit.
  • Futures Literacy Methods.
  • Design Futures Manual.