Design for Debate

During my bachelor graduation I started to develop my ambition for the creation and the adoption of new perspectives. Before shifting my focus on cultural education, I developed skills to design for debate. Design for debate is about triggering people to accept or reject something unusual in a known environment or something usual in an unknown environment. The designs can be either in the form of both prototypes or concepts.


Part of my development was a course at the TU/e by Koert van Mensvoort, founder of the Next Nature Network (NNN). The course focussed on the Pyramid of Technology; 7 stages that help people accept technology. The final stage is when technology becomes our new “next nature”.


The course asked us to develop a concept that would be able to pass through almost all of these 7 stages. Below I will present my concept that was developed in collaboration with Frank van Valkenhoef. The concept is quite extreme but its logic and research on developing a new way of nutrition is sound.

 Next Nurture


Liquid nutritions

such as soylent are on the market.



Downside eliminated by the opening in the stomach.



Suffient nutrition for the worlds polulation!



Eating is no longer a daily activity. A faster way of living makes surgery vital.





Instead of eating, nutrition is presented to our bodies through an ostomy in the stomach. Small pouches of liquid nutritions, for example Solent, can be connected to this ostomy.  This concept brings two types of changes.


1. The habit of eating.


Consuming Soylent, or other nutrition shakes that holds all the nutrition that a human need, tastes quite plain. By distributing the nutrition directly to the stomach, taste of Soylent is avoided.

Another habit that changes is the moment of eating. As food in distributed automatically to the body through the pouch, people don’t need to take a break of their everyday activities for food. No more lunchbreaks or breakfast meetings. Energy levels remain more steady over the day which will support productivity.


2. Food as a luxury


Food production is related to many environmental issues and unequal division of wealth. Making the step to nutrition shakes changes this market.


It is however unlikely that the production of “real” food will end. Cooking and eating are social events. Via Next Nurture, food production will get the attention that it deserves during these events. Food and the act of eating will be a luxury. Something we have to plan carefully. The scale on which food is produced will change which will fix environmental issues. At the same time farmers and chefs will get the respect that they deserve for producing “real” products and dishes.


Fictional Newspaper

Another funny way to present the future is the Fictional Future Newspaper approach. When I was googling Fictional design, this approach was featured on the Near Future Lab website. The idea is to build articles about the everyday of 20 years into the future. So technologies that are in implementation phase now will be completely accepted or even old. It is an interesting thought experiment to reason in what way we have become accustomed to these technologies? And what will be there to replace these new technologies?



When the Next Nature theme announced that the Faculty of Industrial Design would no longer feature their projects, I was asked to build a Future Newspaper as a memoire of the last Next Nature theme student exhibition. In What's Next students wrote articles about what they expected of new and upcoming technologies and trends (of which one was the Next Nature Network itself) as well as their visions for their own designs and products.




I want to thank all the commission members that gave their best during these last stressful days of the semester to produce the content for this Newspaper.

copyright by Charlotte Wassmer 2016