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Future Snapshot framework

The Life-centred Design 'Future Snapshot' is a speculative life-centred design framework created by merging current variations, for the purpose of inspiring learning and experimentation.

Interdependent Stakeholders

All peoples

  • Target users
  • Non-users—Individuals, communities, and employees of organisations working within the product lifecycle
  • Invisible humans—individuals and communities not involved in the lifecycle but who are impacted by it
  • All human knowledge and ways of existing

All non-humans

Non-humans might include amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals of varying scales:

  • Animals of all sizes
  • Insects
  • Microbes
  • On land, sea, air, or underground
  • Domestic, livestock, captive, or wild
  • Whether ‘proven’ sentient or not

All planet

All planetary resources and ecosystems:

  • Vegetation (trees, forests,  swamps, etc.)
  • Water systems (oceans, lakes, rivers, freshwater)
  • Air
  • Soil
  • Climate
  • Landforms (mountains, hills, etc.)
  • Sunlight
  • Noise
  • Temperature

Design Pillars

Sustainable and

  • Ensuring the social, economic, and resource sustainability of the product lifecycle by extending material value and reducing waste
  • Zooming out to share prosperity with the ecosystem of the product/service lifecycle and to regenerate the sources of energy it takes from, nurturing resilience for all

Inclusive and

  • Broadening consideration of human experiences beyond what has been stereotyped as normal within the Euro-Western world
  • Zooming out to know and champion diverse ways of existing beyond the dominant Euro-Western-centric capitalistic, colonial, white supremacist, patriarchal, hierarchical, heterosexual, and cis culture

and Aligned

  • Align workplace values with life-centred purpose—from individual employee to business ownership—and embrace transparency and accountability to drive innovation
  • Convert product to service, distribute to localise, and utilise data to foster responsible stewardship of resources
  • Zoom out to align business goals with global goals and ally with the supply chain to nurture circular, regenerative, and just experience

Responsive Approach


  • Micro level— the individual user experience
  • Meso level— the service or business model
  • Macro level— the product’s lifecycle impact at a global or national leve


Switching between design practices to work at all levels and attend to all stakeholders

Responsive and adaptable

Decentring the designer to allow the user to design their solution and embed it and the process with their values.

Key Design Practices


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Circular product lifecycle

Strategies & Lenses

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