Future Something Project
Mentoring disadvantaged young people through an interaction design prototyping process.
Started on 17/01/2005
Future Something is an Artswork project (funded by Nesta) providing groups of disadvantaged young people with the opportunity to engage with a modular design process.
Support is provided by mentors who specialise in design research, interaction design, media, prototype construction, marketing and more. Mo-ling approached Theo to mentor for the projects’ Prototyping module, to which Theo brought his considerable interaction design and hardware hacking skills.
Theo mentored the ‘Gatwick Group’; conducting workshops in Gatwick Airport in a space graciously provided by British Airlines. Projects created by the young people included:
- Paranoid luggage that becomes panicked if left unattended in the airport.
- An office in which consumer electronics sensed people’s presence and reacted accordingly.
- An interactive environment for an airport waiting lounge, in which people could swipe an e-ticket and physically experience the weather conditions at their destination.