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Chapter 9 – Futures and Alternative Nows

Interviews with Dunne and Raby, John Maeda, and Jun Rekimoto

Tony Dunne and Fiona Raby teach interaction design at the Royal College of Art in London. They suggest an alternative now that belongs more in the aesthetic mists of the arts than in the pragmatics of functionalism, exploring complex pleasures and existential design with a delicate wit that makes you smile on reflection.

John Maeda is a digital artist and designer, and professor at the MIT Media Lab. In his research initiative called Simplicity, he seeks to return to simpler values and behaviors in the digital realm. He is inspired by the rethinking of design at the Bauhaus, and looks for a new and simpler future for the information revolution?

Jun Rekimoto6 is building a more direct future, concerned not so much with alternatives as with enabling some of the many promises of interactive technology. As director of the Interaction Laboratory at Sony in Tokyo, he is leading a group of computer scientists and designers to develop a future that offers alternatives to the graphical user interfaces on the devices that we use today.

A scenario from Dunne and Raby shows children growing meat to provide energy to operate a TV. <em>Photo</em> Jason Evans

A scenario from Dunne and Raby shows children growing meat to provide energy to operate a TV. Photo Jason Evans