Dark Side Of Design

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Dystopian futures, current trends, and outlying elements for designers. Each week opens up discussions on difficult, uncomfortable, and emerging topics for those in the user experience industry. Produced by Raft, a design and strategy consulting firm.


  • S02 Episode 3 - Digital governance is only anarchy

    S02 Episode 3 - Digital governance is only anarchy

    05/08/2018 Duración: 13min

    New regulations in the EU, US, and Asia are showing that historic methods of governance, based on physical land borders, are proving ineffective and inefficient in the digital world. The future of global digital domination looks to create a homogenous society where identity and culture is lost. While countries continue to assess regulatory statutes based on physical borders, technology companies are redefining global tribes proving reality is fluid and truth is decaying.

  • S02 Episode 2 - All my friends are still dead

    S02 Episode 2 - All my friends are still dead

    05/08/2018 Duración: 13min

    Continuing from Season 1, this episode dives deeper into asking the question “if all my friends are digital, do they need to be real”. With the rise of bots and AI, can we fulfill our basic human needs of social contact through digital means? What does it mean if we create bots in our own image (own personality bot), and what happens if they grow and change, and begin changing us.

  • S02 Episode 1 - Nosedive is real

    S02 Episode 1 - Nosedive is real

    05/08/2018 Duración: 12min

    Changing our behavior and striving for positive reviews is becoming a normal way of life. As more companies implement ratings systems life is becoming one constant prisoner's dilemma. The impact of this could range from companies deciding what “ideal” is on a global scale, to creating a homogeneous society absent of individual historical culture.

  • Episode 7 - We want to be controlled

    Episode 7 - We want to be controlled

    04/01/2018 Duración: 09min

    Are we demanding corporations control what we see and what we read? That we no longer want autonomy over such topics? Fake news is becoming more problematic and hotter topic within our daily lives. People are demanding companies such as Facebook do something to censor fake news on their platform. However what happens when we go down this path of asking companies to control what we see and read and give up the freedom to choose ourselves.

  • Episode 6 - Youre always being rated

    Episode 6 - You're always being rated

    19/12/2017 Duración: 12min

    Starting from replica.ai, guests Bessy Kim, long time Lets Fix Things host Guus Baggermans, and Joe Fletcher discuss the idea that if a person has more digital touchpoints than physical with friends, do they need real friends at all. They look at what “real” may mean looking forward and if there is a social problem with bots replacing friends.

  • Episode 5 - Youre always being rated

    Episode 5 - You're always being rated

    07/12/2017 Duración: 11min

    Digital ratings systems, such as star ratings at Amazon or Airbnb, are meant to inspire and build trust. But what happens when rating systems are used to control behavior. Worse, what happens when ratings against individuals are not about the individuals themselves, but the experiences around those services. This week we look at the negative effects of ratings and why designing the overall experience now matters more than ever.

  • Episode 4 - The authoritarian blockchain

    Episode 4 - The authoritarian blockchain

    16/11/2017 Duración: 17min

    Blockchain has been proclaimed as market changing technology. A public method to track transactions and exchanges. But what if Blockchain is used in nefarious ways? As opposed to providing freedom through clarity, it can install authoritarian rule through tracking? In this weeks discussion we look at what happens if Blockchain is used to track and manage people and what happens if the chain is controlled by those in power.

  • Episode 3 - #yodo

    Episode 3 - #yodo

    06/11/2017 Duración: 14min

    Note, if the topic of death or suicide is difficult, this might be an episode to skip. Perhaps we've been asking the question wrong - it's not what happens when you die, but rather what is left of you after you die. As people strive to live forever in some form, the idea of who we are in death has never been more prominent. How we're remembered, and how we are perceived after death is slowly becoming a product to sell. Do designers have a role in creating such a product? Can people alter their lives as they move into their afterlife? If perception is reality, then is what we remember fungible? Should we indeed change history for those who are gone?

  • Episode 2 - When designers decide mortality – from trolley and cars

    Episode 2 - When designers decide mortality – from trolley and cars

    05/11/2017 Duración: 10min

    If designers are still asking for a seat at the table, no seat is more important than that of a person who decides life and death situations. With the rise of self-driving cars, the inevitable decision of who lives and dies will eventually need to be designed. This week we look at the uncomfortable position of designing for situations of death around self-driving cars, why it makes designers so nervous, and why it's also important they are part of the conversation.

  • Episode 1 - Designing for personal digital security

    Episode 1 - Designing for personal digital security

    04/11/2017 Duración: 12min

    The first full episode opens the discussion on what digital security means for designers and why it's important. Security of digital systems has long been the responsibility of developers and engineers. But now that digital security is a day-to-day topic for consumers, how do things need to change? What needs to be done to ensure that personal data, personal dwellings, and products at large, are safer and more secure.

  • Episode 0 - Welcome to the Dark Side of Design

    Episode 0 - Welcome to the Dark Side of Design

    03/11/2017 Duración: 51s

    A short introduction to the new philosophical, dystopian, and reflective podcast from Raft