Stories

We publish a wide range of stories on a weekly basis, including articles and essays produced by fellowship participants, transcripted lectures, and original pieces by the Futuress team, often in collaboration with partner organizations.

Learning

We offer a lively monthly program of online workshops, lectures, panel discussions, and networking events around the politics of design.

Community

We are a globally-dispersed team of mostly womxn and non-binary designers, writers, journalists, editors, researchers, educators, artists, activists, and beyond.

“Dreams of Contra-Colonial Futures”: Futuress x 2021 AIGA Conference!

In an age of climate catastrophe and social reckoning, dreams and imagination are more important than ever. This is what inspired Dreams of Contra-Colonial Futures: a Futuress-curated symposium within the 2021 AIGA Conference. Moderated by Nina Paim and Cherry-Ann Davis, the program brought together four members of the Futuress community


“Dreams of Contra-Colonial Futures”: Futuress x 2021 AIGA Conference!

In an age of climate catastrophe and social reckoning, dreams and imagination are more important than ever. This is what inspired Dreams of Contra-Colonial Futures: a Futuress-curated symposium within the 2021 AIGA Conference. Moderated by Nina Paim and Cherry-Ann Davis, the program brought together four members of the Futuress community who connected through our past fellowship Against the Grain, a space to critically reflect on the designed past and the pastness of design. Lauren Williams spoke about making room for abolition and imagining a world without police and prisons. Javier Syquia questioned the term “Vernacular Design” in relation to designs from post-colonial, non-Euro American contexts. Zainab Marvi explored the concept of the feminist city by investigating women’s use of public transport in Karachi, Pakistan. Finally, Naïma Ben Ayed imagined alternatives for multi-script type design education in the North African context.