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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!

“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


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.