Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA

The Gift – designing for the future

Kuan Luo (Etsy)
9:00am–12:30pm Tuesday, 06/23/2015
Tutorial, Product Dev
Location: Generals Residence
Average rating: ****.
(4.18, 11 ratings)

Prerequisite Knowledge

The session is both conceptual and how-to, and is open to anyone.

Materials or downloads needed in advance



In the startup world, we’re always short on resources. In the corporate world, we look far enough into the future to plan and strategize the quarter and the year. But what about the future? In 10 years? In 30 years? In 50 years? Will the products and companies that we’re passionately building still exist? What impacts are they making in the world?

“While we can’t know exactly what the future will bring, we can acknowledge and embrace unpredictability,” declared Future-Friendly Web (http://futurefriendlyweb.com/). And we can extend the future-friendliness to hardware, a market where products are replaced and updated with remarkable frequency. Materials and processes continue to evolve, but visualizing the future where our products exist may nonetheless make us take a necessary step back to examine why we do what we do.

The half-day (3-4 hours) workshop will include:

  • A visualization exercise that take the audience to their vision of the future (~20 mins)
  • A discussion on the findings of the visualization (~30 mins)
  • A talk on what to do with the findings and how to design for the future (~20 mins)
  • A hands-on workshop that allows the audience to apply the findings to their products (~1 hour)
  • A final discussion on insights from inviting the future to the table today (~20 mins)
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Kuan Luo


Kuan Luo is a product designer at Etsy and director of design at grandst.