Welcome to the Dexign Futures blog

Dexign Futures is a required class for all third year design students in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. The course is taught as a flipped class: online work prepares students for in-class activities. The class is organized through one week modules. Each week, two online assignments, two in-class assignments, and a weekly reflection are due.

Dexign Futures Courses

Previous Dexign Futures courses taught at Carnegie Mellon University. The Introduction to Dexign the Future course was taught at the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University by Peter Scupelli fall semester 2014. The Dexign the Future course taught fall 2013 by Arnold Wasserman and Peter Scupelli.


Scupelli, P., Wells-Papanek, D., Brooks, J. & Wasserman, A. (accepted 2017) Opening a design education pipeline from University to K-12 and Back IASDR 2017, Cincinnati (October 31 – November 3, 2017).

Scupelli, P., Brooks, J. & Wasserman, A. (2016) Making Dexign Futures learning happen: A case study for a flipped, Open-Learning Initiative course. Design Educators IDSA International Conference 2016: Making Things Happen. August 17-20, Detroit, MI, USA.  [25% acceptance rate (10 accepted, 41 submitted)]

Scupelli, P., Wasserman, A., Brooks, J. (2016). Dexign Futures: A Pedagogy for Long-Horizon Design Scenarios. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.
[11% accepted with revisions,(53 accepted with revisions, 478 submitted)]

Wasserman, A., Scupelli, P., & Brooks, J. (2015) Learning to Dexign the Future. Design Educators Asia Conference 2015. December 1-2, Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hong Kong, China. [30% acceptance rate,(31 accepted, 105 submitted)] presentation

Wasserman, A., Scupelli, P., & Brooks, J. (2015) Learn!2050 and Design Futures: Lessons learned teaching design futures.  Design Educators IDSA International Conference 2015: Future of the Future. August 19-22, Seattle, WA.
[50% acceptance rate,(21 accepted, 42 submitted)]

Scupelli, P. & Wasserman, A. (2014). Dexign the future: lessons learned from teaching a design studio course on human-centered innovation for exponential times. Oxford Futures Forum, OFF2014, Saïd Business School, Oxford University, May 30-31, 2014.


reflection week 1

Futures Reflection Week 1:


I found it very interesting how there are two perspectives when thinking about the future: a utopian society or a dystopian society. I’ve always thought of the future as a better place, a nicer environment with less pollution and more technology that benefitted society. But I realize there are many ways the future could be a dystopia, full of negative advances for example robots taking over humans or technology working against our favor. The modules and the exercise in class where we looked at word bubbles helped me understand the general wants and needs people have with hopes and fears. I’m honestly not sure how this might affect my work directly but I think it gives me a more mature understanding of the world and might help me approach my future projects differently. I think the Masdar video was very interesting. I’ve never thought about a perfect ideal city that considered the many aspects of a utopian society. Watching this video is making me consider the perfect ideal solution to each project I do in design. I know there’s not always a perfect solution and maybe it might be too hard to think of one perfect solution, but I think striving to counter every error in a project will benefit the outcome in the long run. Design practice. I believe this unit makes me think about long term vs short term hopes and goals. I will apply what I have learned in future projects and my process. Think about the different options and how it affects every part of my process. I really enjoyed the Masdar stuff. That video was seriously cool. Like a city exists already that is as close to a utopian society??? I mean I know there are flaws in the city, but this city serves as an example to existing cities that such changes can affect the quality of living and the quality of the things we make around us.