The Extrapolation Factory

The Extrapolation Factory is an imagination-based studio for design-led futures studies, founded by Elliott P. Montgomery and Chris Woebken. The studio develops experimental methods for collaboratively prototyping, experiencing and impacting future scenarios. Central to these methods is the creation of hypothetical future props and their deployment in familiar contexts such as 99¢ stores, science museums, vending machines and city sidewalks. With this work, the studio is exploring the value of democratized futures studies by rapidly imagining, prototyping, deploying and evaluating visions of possible futures on an extended time scale.

The Extrapolation Factory has worked with partners and organizations such as Autodesk Research, UNICEF, TED Active, Museum of Arts and Design, Eyebeam, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Columbia University’s Studio-X NYC, Z33 Hasselt, The Royal College of Art, NYU’s ITP Program, Parsons School of Design, University of Southern California, SVA’s Products of Design, The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Ontario College of Art and Design, Forum for the Future and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The Core77 Design Award granted to The Extrapolation Factory in 2013’s Speculative Design category and the Extrapolation Factory was nominated for the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year award in 2015.

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