A series of trends investigating how visual and interaction design patterns will change according to the broader trends in society, technology and the design realm.

By Sarmite Polakova and Audrey Cruchade, designers at Digital Agency Mirabeau.

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Illustration by Koen Huiskamp, designer at Mirabeau.

What’s going on

Speculative design? Yeah, its really cool but it’s for artists, museums and science fiction movies. It doesn’t fit the practical needs of our clients. These are the main conclusions most creatives draw when talking about speculative design. Yet, did we forget that many of the technological achievements in the last few decades were once just ideas grasped at in science fiction literature long before they became a reality? Within design agency work, speculative design is not a widely-recognized design method due to the vague set of rules, unclear end goal, and unpredictable outcomes. However, we have learned over time that the well-oiled Design Thinking method to solve clients’ needs lacks innovation and far-reaching conclusions. That happens because most of the process gets spent on functional needs, leaving design only a decoration. …


A series of trends investigating how visual and interaction design patterns will change according to the broader trends in society, technology and the design realm.

By Sarmite Polakova and Audrey Cruchade, designers at Digital Agency Mirabeau.

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What’s going on?

Screens are simultaneously windows and borders.

In architecture glass walls extend the house dimensions to an infinite space. Look at the Farnsworth House by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and you will see how the large windows make the indoors blend with the outdoors. It is an extension of a beautiful landscape. Then there are infinity pools, which, for example, give an illusion that you can swim to the horizon. The idea of dissolving borders and edges around elements lets the viewer focus on the whole view rather than separate elements. …

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