"The book Beyond Speculative Design: Past – Present – Future consists of six main sections. After the introduction, there is a brief history of speculation in radically different contexts, followed by a broad overview of speculative design practice and education. From there we dive into speculative design approaches, methods, and tools through a series of detailed case studies written by the practitioners themselves. A summary of critical views on speculative practice over the past two decades follows, and we conclude with a suggestion of future paths and a list of guidelines (towards good practice) for both educators and speculative designers.
We hope that this book will provide newcomers with a thorough introduction to the past, present and future of speculative design and related approaches. Experienced practitioners will have the opportunity to check in and learn more about diverse approaches, methods and tools, as well as case studies; some of which – due to the radical heterogeneity and interdisciplinary of the field – they may not have previously been aware of. Educators will find a wealth of guidelines, tools, case studies and other sources of inspiration, while students will benefit from a comprehensive and multifaceted overview of the speculative design landscape, across Europe and beyond."