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A Life-centred Futures Project

A life-centred mattress from the future

A workshop set in 2030, where participants design with future tech, life-centred design, and a non-human persona to speculate a future life-centred version of an everyday product

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A Life-centred Futures Project

A life-centred mattress from the future

A workshop set in 2030, where participants design with future tech, life-centred design, and a non-human persona to speculate a future life-centred version of an everyday product

About

In May 2023, I ran a Life-centred Futures Workshop with Speculative Futures Sydney.

The workshop was set in 2030, where participants designed with future tech, life-centred design, and a non-human persona to speculate a future life-centred version of an everyday product

In four teams, we explored a future where the world prioritises repairing and reusing over making new things by designing a future, life-centred version of an everyday, ubiquitous product that uses a lot of resources and creates a lot of landfill—mattresses.

A human hand holding an expo lanyard that reads "We (re)made it", with the two design books "future Scouting' and "The Life-centred Design Guide" in the background

Designing a sustainable and regenerative mattress and system

We used strategies from The Life-centred Design Guide and Future Scouting with future tech innovation and localised wisdom to redesign the manufacturing, supply, use, and reuse of mattresses, millions of which are made every year unsustainably and end up in landfill.

Non-human persona—protecting the River Systems

We also explored how the future life-centred mattress system could regenerate the non-human it impacted—the river systems that get polluted by its manufacturing and landfill.

A non-human persona for "River Systems"

Future speculations

With a mixture of future thinking, sustainability, regeneration, and humour, participants evolved and presented a spectrum of great ideas, including:

  • Using biodegradable materials embedded with seeds and fish eggs so that at the mattress’ end of life they could be planted at the river’s edge to regenerate with new plant and fish life
  • Using digital twin technology to show us the future environmental impacts of material choices so we can design better now
A future life-centred-mattress concept
A future life-centred-mattress concept
A future life-centred-mattress concept
A future life-centred-mattress concept

Thanks to everyone who participated

And to Speculative Futures Sydney ↗ for hosting!

The Life-centred Design Guide book

Take the lead

Lead the way by redesigning your products and business to reduce environmental and social harm and regenerate the people and environments your system relies on.

“The ideas really resonated with me as I’ve felt this growing unease with human centred design’s echo chamber”

“Super helpful tools for designers… I’ll be sharing them with the students.”

“An amazing book about the topic.”

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Damien Lutz, author of The Non-human Persona Guide, The Life-centred Design Guide, and Future Scouting

We replenish what we use

A percentage of profits from design guides by Damien Lutz are donated to onetreeplanted.org to replace the trees used to create the books

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Lifecentred.design aims to be low carbon, inclusive, and regenerative

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Energy used by the web hosting servers is offset by 3 times as much renewable energy returned to the grid

100 trees planted!

To regenerate trees used to make my books, I donate a percentage of sales from lifecentred.design and futurescouting.com.au to onetreeplanted.org

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Energy used by the web hosting servers is offset by 3 times as much renewable energy returned to the grid

100 trees planted!

To regenerate trees used to make my books, I donate a percentage of sales from lifecentred.design and futurescouting.com.au to onetreeplanted.org

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Sustainable web strategies are used to reduce page load emissions. Current industry standard is 0.5g/page view—all lifecentred.design pages are under

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Lifecentred.design aims to be low carbon, inclusive, and regenerative

This site's hosting is green

Energy used by the web hosting servers is offset by 3 times as much renewable energy returned to the grid

100 trees planted!

To regenerate trees used to make my books, I donate a percentage of sales from lifecentred.design and futurescouting.com.au to onetreeplanted.org

Page CO2 emissions
Shown for high-traffic pages only

Sustainable web strategies are used to reduce page load emissions. Current industry standard is 0.5g/page view—all lifecentred.design pages are under

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Lifecentred.design aims to be low carbon, inclusive, and regenerative

This site's hosting is green

Energy used by the web hosting servers is offset by 3 times as much renewable energy returned to the grid

100 trees planted!

To regenerate trees used to make my books, I donate a percentage of sales from lifecentred.design and futurescouting.com.au to onetreeplanted.org

Page CO2 emissions
Shown for high-traffic pages only

Sustainable web strategies are used to reduce page load emissions. Current industry standard is 0.5g/page view—all lifecentred.design pages are under

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