Design for future refugees


Design futurism is a powerful tool to speculate far ahead futures. It is often used to critic current issues. In order for design futurism to be well received by audiences, the understanding of the current issue is a must and building a plausible system around the issue in the future is needed. 

 “When technology exacerbates existing global inequalities, what kind of world do we find ourselves in?” 

In the last 40 years, technology transformed the lives of hundreds of millions in the developed world; but it also left billions behind elsewhere. Not everyone shared the fruits of this rapid transformation. As countries left behind unraveled, the even-more-developed countries faced immense pressure on their borders, with techno-literate citizens of failed states seeking refuge in their techno-havens.

How do the developed countries shoulder their moral responsibility of addressing techno-inequality, while also keeping their homeland secure?

The Universal Gesture Control Program, or the UGC, is part of the Department of State’s long-term global re-literacy program that aims to spread techno-literacy, especially in the most unstable states. Simultaneously, the program ensures that everyone entering and living in the techno-developed world has the basic skills, the abridged UGC commands, to fit in, and thrive. 

To communicate the UGCTP with audiences, we created video and booklet to be used in the training as well as portable study carrel.

I was in charge in managing project schedule and production in addition to film editing, booklet layout design, and carrel design. 


Christopher Edward, Gulraiz Khan




These artifacts has been features as part of HOW THINGS DON'T WORK - THE DREAMSPACE OF VICTOR PAPANEK exhibit during September 26 - December 15, 2014

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