Design methods and tools for shaping the time after Corona

future tools now – A look back at the first event in 2020

Bild: Rückblick future tools now zu Restart: Post-COVID
What is the role design can play after the Corona pandemic? Together with the hosts of the Service Design Drinks in Tokyo and Singapore, we co-created the first international event in our new future tools now series back on May 21.

Restart: Post-COVID between Frankfurt, Singapore and Tokyo

How can we solve the problems of a still uncertain future? How do we prepare ourselves for the unforeseen and how do we deal with ambiguity and uncertainty? We already addressed the topic of “Future Tools” at World Usability Day 2019, and based on the ideas discussed there, we have now created a platform to develop the best tools for creating desirable futures. Under its umbrella, we will frequently promote various event formats in order to foster cross-industry networking and exchange on these issues. The COVID-19 pandemic is a good example of how relevant the handling of uncertainty is today, as it is forcing us all to change our behaviour in our everyday lives, thereby undermining long-established lifestyles and business strategies. The question of how things should continue during or after the crisis is not just of concern to the design industry, and accordingly the meeting was entitled “Restart: Post-Covid”. 90 participants from over 10 nations discussed together what role design can play in mastering the challenges.

Bild: Gäste der Future Tools Now zu Restart: Post-COVID
Global Future: People from Tokyo, Barcelona, Glasgow, Frankfurt, India, Finland, Scotland and other places came together to talk.

Meta skills, design methods and the role of the design industry

Three important findings for the future

Restart: Post-Covid, the video

This video shows the talks of our Restart: Post-Covid event. You can find the full program of the day at eventbrite for further information.


Conclusion and outlook

The first future tools now underlined once more that both the role and responsibility of design increases in importance. The current pandemic shows how from every crisis new behaviors, pain points and needs emerge. And, thus, there are also new possibilities for us to adress these. Our role in this is not only to accept this as a design challenge, but also to empower others to do the same. Ultimately, design is a tool that helps us engage differently with the future, whether as individuals or organizations. Therefore, our goal is to provide many people with the tools they need to become productive themselves in creating a better future.


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