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The Work Kit of Design Fiction — New Augmented & Illuminated Edition

The Work Kit of Design Fiction — New Augmented & Illuminated Edition

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The Official Work Kit of Design Fiction

100 Algorithmically Augmented and Illuminated Prompt Cards, each one an evocative representation of a parameter of a possible future product, service, user-experience scenario, artifact from the most curious, righteous, meaningful, and seriously hilarious, and well-intentioned possible/probable futures.

Chose one from each major category including: Archetype, Object, Attribute, Action and a unique, proprietary 70/20/10 "Fool" Cards that will seal the deal! A total of 102 cards all together — 27 Archetype, 26 Object, 23 Attribute, 21 Action plus 3 70/20/10 Fool Cards. That means there are 

916,038 unique possible future products, services, experiences, scenarios and situations in this one 9 ounce box of possibilities.

Let me say that again — 916,038 possibilities. Staggering. Simply staggering how much possibility is in this one box.

"So...what?", you may ask. 

Well, I'll tell you what.

This work kit is uniquely suited and useful for ideation, stretching the imagination, and bulking up your foresight futurist sense-making musculature. It will prolong your ability and capability to think outside of the box — any box, really. It will slim your waistline and build up your immune system. You will feel like a new you within days.

Where did this come from, you may wonder? Is it organic? Are pets and small children allowed? Well, this kit was made in robust collaboration with the Near Future Laboratory Discord community and our genial robotic artificially creative studio assistant, and has been revised based on user feedback and our infinitely constant regression testing. The raw components here have been updated, hardened, and field tested to create the latest generative tool in our constantly expanding load-out of equipment all designed to help YOU imagine thick, robust, pourable, possible near futures.

Many of the world's foremost authorities consider this to be the definitive construction kit for imagining material cultural artifacts representing the symptoms & implications of all kinds of futures, including but not limited to intelligent futures, overwhelming futures, metaversian futures, autonomous futures, vertical take-off futures, non-carbon futures, and many, many other futures.

Perfect for doing your Daily Design Fiction exercises! Just ask Dré Labre who rocks The Work Kit of Design Fiction like kettlebells, only for his brain. That is, it hurts to Imagine Harder, but this kit will let you get your Jack LaLanne brainercise on real proper like.

Contained within this Work Kit are precisely those 916,038 possible combination leading to the most innovative Design Fiction Product Designs. (I asked ChatGPT to do the math, so that might be the right number.)

100 Cards, 

63×88mm, Custom Smooth Laminated Box.

Ships pretty much everywhere except when the shipping system breaks and Chester in logistics decides he's just about had enough of that nonsense and heads to the stairs behind the loading dock and lights up a ciggie and grumbles to himself.



* Not for use in traditional card-based games of chance except in Las Vegas, Monte Carlo, Macau, Bumper's Grill, Atlantic City, etc.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Fabrice Starzinskas

Complete yet realtively consice content. The card game/kit makes it hyper easy to turn fresh knowledge into experiments & workshops. Julian has been extremely helpful with initial delivery hicups from our fedex friends.

Cristian Díaz Peredo
Delivered carefully and swiftly

Things were packaged with care, and the contents were in pristine condition across the ocean.

Thank you for your review Cristian! Glad everything arrived safe and sound!


Strange and niche. Like me


Mary Camille MacRae
Great tool for Designers and Storytellers!

When I'm ideating / prototyping l use these cards to force my brain into non standard / non typical directions. It's sort of like improv for idea generation.

It helps me break out of linear thinking and build more implicit creativity.

Plus it's great eye candy to show off. When people see it on my shelf they always ask about it.

Use it your way

It's nice how the design fiction work kit gives a flexible framework to engage groups in thinking about futures. As a workshop facilitator, I've used this kit in very strategic settings and very hands-on 'fun idea' workshops. I like combining this set with other card decks, which also works very well. All in all, a very versatile set which doesn't impose one way of working.

Thanks for that Dries! Love the idea of mixing-and-matching from different sets. I keep The Thing from the Future, Superflux's Tarot Deck, and Oblique Strategies nearby for this as well. (Along with past editions of the Work Kit of Design Fiction..)