Future London Academy's ‘Design The Future’ Global Collaboration

Thanks to our friends at learning experience agency Future London Academy for sharing this great new collaboration with global artists and designers such as Studio Blup, Kezia Gabriella, Baugasm, David Brodeur, and Joy Li to ‘Design the future’. The project brings together a myriad of different artists and designers from across the globe to ‘design the future’, speculate what it will be like in 100 years, aiming to inspire designers everywhere to be part of it. From Nigeria to Singapore, Netherlands to China, India to Australia creatives from over 13 countries, spanning across 6 continents imagined the future where animals and plants have the ability to translate their feelings to a human, you can hug your Siri, cars can fly through the air and space travel is as easy as catching a taxi.

The digital piece will be announced in conjunction with Future London Academy’s Executive Programme for Design Leaders, inspired by Bauhaus founded 100 years ago. The upcoming programme was created together with leaders at companies like Spotify, Wolff Olins, Pentagram, Amazon, Zaha Hadid Architects to equip senior creatives with 15+ years of experience with skills and mindsets of the future.

We hope you enjoy delving into the remarkable ideas and illustrations of a global group of future thinkers as much as we have. 

Ibrahim Rayintakath - Instagram @ibrahirn 

Ibrahim writes: “In 100 years we would create super pills that would have the nano-est technology to figure out underlying medical conditions and cure by adapting to each medical case and providing additional details by QR codes, which would further be deconstructed to produce a diagnosis for every individual to keep records and for pills to behave in certain ways depending on past results.”

Ibrahim is an Art Director and Illustrator from Kerala, India. He started his career as a graphic designer and has been working in the advertising industry for the last four years. He is currently a Creative Associate with SPRNG Bangalore. 

Giordano Poloni - Instagram @giordanopoloni  

Giordano Poloni is an award-winning freelance illustrator based in Milan. He earned a cinema bachelor’s degree and in his past he has worked for advertising production companies as an editor and motion graphic designer. 

Chiara Vercesi - Instagram @chiara_vercesi 

Chiara writes: “How will the interaction between humans and Ai look like in the future? These days, when social distancing is still the norm, I found myself thinking about the relationship we have with our technology and how it will evolve in the future to match the increased need for a more human-like interaction. What if you could hug your Siri? :)”

Chiara is an Italian illustrator working, biking and growing tulips in Amsterdam. Her work reflects both her Italian nature and her Dutch influences. Being inspired by Depero and Escher, she loves bright colors and clean, geometric shapes and is fascinated by scientists and inventors. 

Kezia Gabriella - Instagram, @kzgabriella 

Kezia writes: “In the next 100 years, I think the housing system will be more space-efficient and energy-conscious. Houses will be equipped with anti-gravity components that create more space for homeowners, solar panels installed on the exterior, energy efficient windows and vertical farming facilities on the rooftop.”

Kezia is an art director and illustrator based in Singapore, with works that visualise the mundanities in life through bold colours, irregular character and exaggerated gestures. She currently is a full time freelancer on top of running ANTINORMAL, an independent illustration lab and creative shop.

Joy Li - Instagram @_joyli 

Joy Li writes: “ I have always been excited by humanity’s future in space, looking beyond ourselves and into the vast depths of our universe. My illustration imagines a future where women are at the forefront of space exploration, research, engineering and design in the 22nd century.”

Joy Li is a graphic designer based in Sydney. Her work examines the intersection where design meets gender, race and cultural studies. She ­­­often uses type and to express the things she feels but cannot explain. 

Juan ER 

Juan ER is an illustrator based in Nanjing, China. His work encompasses fluorescent colours with a surreal interpretation of everyday life. 

Fernando Molina - Instagram @fernanumolina 

Fernando writes “For the concept I imagine 100 years from now, I see the perfect harmony between technology, nature and science, without any kind of aggression between them. The balance in the evolution of everyone will give us openings for new searches and knowledge.”

Fernando Molina is an Italian illustrator, art director and graphic designer based in São Paulo, Brazil. His work tackles societal changes through whimsy, exaggerated compositions exploding with colour. 

Oksana Grivina - Website https://www.grivina.ru/ 

Oksana writes “In the future animals and plants will have the ability to translate their feelings and thoughts to a human.”

Oksana Grivina is a Russian freelance illustrator based in Aveiro, Portugal. She creates joyful character-based work for print and digital mediums, including her own Shutterstock collections. 

David Brodeur - Instagram @lockedandloading 

David writes “In the year 2120 we will have harnessed the power of gravity. Not all cars flying through the air will be newly designed vehicles. Just like there are vintage cars on the street today, people will add upgraded gravity control onto classic cars in the future enabling them to fly through the air.”

David is a freelance creative director and founder of studio Locked And Loading. He has worked with culturally-relevant brands such as Gucci and Vice. 

John Antoski - Instagram @johnantoski 

John writes: “I saw Back To The Future 2 in 1989 and was so blown away by the iconic Hoverboard chase scene. I remember leaving the theater completely inspired for the day I would be floating standing sideways on my own Hoverboard.  Here's to hoping we will get there in the next 100 years!  "Hey McFly, you bojo! Those boards don't work on water!"-Griff Tannon”

John Antoski draws inspiration from where he lives and works in Encinitas, California. Trained as a fine artist and designer, John’s work takes shape in a variety of forms and media. As co- founder of Wedge & Lever, his design sense for minimalism and attention to detail has lent itself to a variety of client work. 

Niyi Okeowo - Instagram @helloniyiokeowo 

Niyi writes “My piece shows what a monument would look like in 100 years, ecology and water intact, promising a future where we haven't destroyed the planet and at the same time advanced in technology. The monument features a monolith in the middle with a replica of a future planet being housed inside it with the help of future technology that serves as a magnet that holds the replica within the monolith.”

Niyi Okeowo is a multidisciplinary art director and photographer based in Lagos, Nigeria. His focus lies in art direction, branding, and photography, with over 8 years of experience, he has worked with numerous established brands and startups to create experiences, identities, and visuals. 

Ritika Barua - Instagram @ritikabaruadraws 

Ritika writes “The future surely has a lot in store for mankind. I feel that within the next century, man would not just be able to land on Mars but also start a civilisation on it. With already existing super-advanced technology, there is no doubt that in the coming decades, human beings will be successful to develop supreme technology that will enable human beings to live on Mars.”

Kolkata-based illustrator and creative storyteller Rikita Barua uses her graphic style to thoughtfully represent different communities across the globe. Not to mention her collaboration with Etsy to make people aware of India’s creative culture. 

Nayab Fatima - Instagram @peekypixel

Nayab writes: “I always see the future as full of new and innovative tech. Being said i believe in future law and enforcement will be replaced by AI- algorithms and robots. Plus i think in future hovering things will be a legit accessible tech for masses. Again since AI technology is getting advance everyday, i think smart robotic pets will be a thing ;)”

Based in Pakistan, Nayab’s friendly and thoughtful approach to her work spans across animation, illustration and UI design. 

Prateek Vatash - Instagram @vatash  

Prateek writes: “In the year 2120, space travel would probably be as easy as catching a taxi. Hop onto a local rocket-bus, from one of the interplanetary stations, and take a trip to one of the many fantastic destinations on the multiple planets in and outside our solar system!”

Prateek is a graphic artist and designer based out of Bangalore, India. His work, primarily using a blend of 3D and 2D media, brings together forms and content taken from his multiple interests in the fields of typography, architecture, interior design, and the occult. He enjoys working with vibrant and neon tones, to evoke different moods and hints of nostalgia. 

Blup - Instagram @studio_blup 

Blup writes: “Our artwork is based around branded human microchips that are implanted in the body, which by this time, may well be a norm.  As you’ve most likely read, these chips could play a huge part in our daily lives, implanted as babies and uses as ID, trackers, currency, health checks, keys…Ours is a BLUP chip as we imagine they’ll be the designer option!” 

Since 2009, the London-based creative agency has made brands culturally relevant through design, strategy and motion. They've helped Nike, Adidas, BBC and many more clients get noticed, and talked about by their next generation of customers. 

Yime - Instagram @yimeisgreat 

A future full of rainbows and drones from Spanish illustrator, Yime. He goes further by displaying how our everyday lives could be harmonised by evolving our relationship with nature. 

Yime is based in Madrid, he explores society and human behaviour and illustrates what he finds meaningful, interesting or absurd. He loves daily routines and rituals and finds joy in being alone outside, watching people.

Baugasm/Vasjen Katro - Instagram @baugasm 

Vasjen writes: “In this image I want to show that there is something holding all of us together. Is one main purpose for the future where the abstract bean star in the image represents the icon to unite us all.”
Vasjen Katro is a visual Designer from Albania. Famous for his Baugasm work, Vasjen is a multidisciplinary creative experimenting in graphic design, 3d, photography, cinematography and music.

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Ibby Sasso

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