Prototyping the future with Melbourne Design Week 2020

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Future Prototyping 2020 virtual collection inspects, questions and showcases how the power of making is highly relevant in the 21st century. It collates 36 international projects across multiple disciplines, from architecture to engineering, food, product design, fashion and perfumery. Future Prototyping is an investigation of making, with a focus on ideas, novelty and the potential for future impact in design.
Curated by Dr Paul Loh (MSD), Mond Qu (United Make) and David Leggett (LLDS)


Making a prototype provides a means to experiment, design and evaluate an idea or a concept. What it does is to make the future visible. While most prototypes are physical artefacts, they can also be virtual and come in a multitude of media that challenge our senses:  in the form of sound, touch, smell, sight and taste. Most critically, they challenge our current views of our world and the ideal of our future society. This virtual collection provides glimpses into the 36 projects which were staged as a physical exhibition at the Melbourne School of Design, Dulux Gallery as part of Melbourne Design Week 2020. Accompanying the collection is a published catalogue edited by Dr Paul Loh, Mond Qu and David Leggett, with a foreword by Professor Jane Burry. Dr Paul Loh synthesized the design research through prototyping in a short essay on Thinking through Making.

Period12 Mar 2020

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  • TitlePrototyping the future with Melbourne Design Week 2020
    Media name/outletImpact News Service
    PersonsPaul Ling Leong Loh