The objective of the Futures Lab is to provide a strong baseline understanding of foresight and how it ties to strategy, innovation, and creation.
The Summer Course in Innovation and Future Thinking —the Futures Lab—will help students improve their ability to detect signals of change, organize insights into understandable models, synthesize new ways of mapping possible futures, identify the potential barriers and opportunities these futures present, and design innovative products, services or ideas that satisfy emerging needs.
By learning the fundamentals of foresight and futures thinking, and how to tie these to innovation and creation, students will gain a toolset that doesn’t tell them what will happen in the future, but gives them the capability to identify and assess alternative futures presented by the world around them. Whether designing a new business, forward-looking fashion, an smartphone app or the next decade’s car, this course provides the tools for anticipation and action.
The objective is to provide students and professionals from varied backgrounds a strong baseline understanding of foresight and how it ties to strategy, innovation, and creation. This is done not only by teaching essential data collection and modelling, but narrative development, strategic framing, prototyping and communication.
This course begins by asking the fundamental question: “Why think about the future?” It will explore this through an overview of essential futuring skills—horizon scanning and trends identification and analysis—looking at weak signals, micro- and macro-trends—and how to use these to think about implications and unexpected outcomes. This will include observational analysis, searching Barcelona for indicators about the future, studying behaviors, messages and signs that point to emergent change.
We will visit scenario development, roadmapping, timelines and backcasting, and creative ideation to develop new future narratives as a way of writing stories about the future we can use strategically. We will also have Skype talks from futurists, innovators and designers who employ these techniques in their own work.
From this basis, we will look at innovation practices and processes—traditional top-down, bottomup and open innovation—and how these are being used in both major companies and cutting edge startups. By learning how to tie foresight to innovation, we will look at future-proofing new design and product development.
Lastly, we will look at prototyping using the futures we have created and build toward a final project that presents solutions to the wicked problems we’ve uncovered—creating for the next decade.
As a transdisciplinary topic, this course is designed for students and professionals from different fields with wide interests, backgrounds and future paths. Because it blends the strategic business view with the insights and aesthetics of design and product development, it should be of interest to those interested in innovation or creation of new products, services and concepts. It is designed for those who like to mix rigorous thinking with creativity.
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After two years, returns IED Roma Graduation Ceremony, to celebrate the latest graduates in the presence of teachers, families and friends. Two hundred and sixty-one diplomas were awarded.
The event celebrating the Graduation Days of the Undergraduate Courses in Fashion, Design and Communication.
10 scholarships to promote the talent of young creatives.
The Francesco Morelli Foundation establishes a prize for students graduating in the summer session of the academic year 2021-22.
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design recognizes Talent of Colombian Design and Entrepreneurship.
Istituto Europeo di Design publishes the winners of the scholarship contest for the Master of Design and Innovation Programmes (MDI) at IED Madrid and IED Barcelona.
This May IED is in New York City, with students and Alumni presenting their projects and winning awards at both NYCxDESIGN festival and the Creative Week.
This will be a series of meetings and interviews to tell what happens after graduating from a master's degree.
Exhibition open to the public from 6 to 12 June 2022 at the Fuorisalone in the BASE Milano spaces.
With the month of May restart the events of More Than Monday | Inspirational Stories,the digital conference cycle dedicated to the IED community.
This conference brings together the directors of European schools and universities in the fields of business marketing and economics.
IED participates in the Dubai Design Week 2021 with a physical exhibition “Light Shelters”, displaying 2 projects by IED Alumni. From November 8th to 12th.
IED is pleased to share the creation of a brand new platform addressed to their creative community – IED Smart Creativity.
IED Network offers 109 scholarships for its Master courses held in Italy and Spain.
Innovative alternatives for mobility, spaces to reconnect with nature, sustainable fashion collections and new services focused on user experience.
A proposal that speculates about future events focusing on design’s role
A pioneering venture funded by the EU program ‘Horizon 2020’
A webinar organized together with the Asociación peruana de Visual Merchandising y el Grupo Modulor.