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Arg.os

23rd July 2024
Arg.os Ai DOG Exploration001 — Robot dog experiment002 — Robot dog experiment003 — Robot dog experiment004 — Robot dog experimentThis Midjourney AI experiment explores the aesthetic of robotic dogs, envisioning a world where robots truly…
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Generative product design

7th April 2024
Extreme Conditions Carry Systems Future-proof carryologyWelcome to my weekend project, a solo journey into AI and sustainable product design. Over two days, I challenged myself to explore the generative capabilities of Midjourney, ChatGPT and Grammarly,…
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Design at a crossroads: challenging the superficiality of corporate design practices

14th March 2024
NextD Journal- Peer Review February 2024 I found the Fast Company Freak-Out to be an interesting read, questioning the current dramatic shifts within the design industry, impacting design departments in heavyweight corporations like J&J, Ideo,…
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Project Atagam

9th March 2024
Midjourney, prompt experiment.Atagam ProjectWorks made in 2K23 Project Atagam Midjourney Niji Exploration This project is about remixing influences while listening to Monolake, using the Niji mode of Midjourney.Thanks to my dad, I grew up with…
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Cong Lovid

29th February 2024
Midjourney, prompt experiment.Cong Lovid2K24 Cong Lovid Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olim. KokyūCephal — 9MonowasureMem Ry Cong Lovid Click images to open a lightbox All images are unretouched AI-generated images. W&G 2024
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Preferable future habitats

16th January 2024
Future Visualisations for Preferable Futures, using the MidJourney's Generative Adversarial Networks. I am in my third week of long Covid again. I can spend one or two hours per day on AI images and doing…
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Six Alpha

2nd January 2024
December 2023 Fictional Photography Using the MidJourney's Generative Adversarial Networks. First tests and expirations with Midjourney V6 Alpha. For this series of test, I used the idea of a common-based universal basic services urban community…
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Verticals

1st January 2024
This is a speculative design experiment using AI / MidjourneyImages made in November 2023While exploring the visual diary of the "Gaza Project," I wished to explore the creative track of hanging vertical textiles as biographic…
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Project Gaza

30th December 2023
Project Gaza Spatiocide, Ethnic Cleansing and AI-Driven Introspection Whispers & Giants Prompt Explorations Unretouched AI images October 2023 Fictional Photography Using the MidJourney's Generative Adversarial Networks.This project is an augmented exploration of the visceral and…
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Generative fashion

28th December 2023
A selection of generations on layered technical textile compositions. Exploring how Midjourney 5.2 works in lowest style settings.
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2024 Linkedin trends predictions

15th December 2023
In 2024, as is customary, we are invited to immerse ourselves in a near future of world economic affairs where everything seems to unfold in a truly fantastic manner. As we embark on this comprehensive…
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Digital Dye

12th December 2023
Digital Dye Machine Learning & Crafting Speculative Indigo Ethnographies Whispers & Giants Explorations August 2023 Fictional Photography Using the MidJourney's Generative Adversarial Networks.In this exploration, I am experimenting with high style value settings (at 750)…
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Cyberpunk character explorations

7th October 2023
001 A cyberpunk character design exploration using Midjourney's Niji mode. In the near future of this cyberpunk reality, the collapse of the Holocene climate and a devastating explosion of heat have given way to long…
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The Wangjitsu Retreat

9th September 2023
This is a speculative design experiment using AI / MidjourneySpotify link
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The Other Visitors

5th August 2023
This project is a more personal exploration, where I collect my dreams using AI as a dream camera, often intrigued by their repetitive nature, the characters I meet and the places I visit. Recently, while…
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Unpacking ideology

21st July 2023
The term "ideology" often serves as a convenient shortcut for discussing a wide array of social beliefs and behaviors. While this simplification can be useful for quick discussions or generalizations, it also has its drawbacks.…
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Surface vs Structures

16th July 2023
When social sciences researchers emphasize the importance of delving beyond the surface of problems, they advocate for a deeper exploration of structural issues. This entails looking past the visible symptoms or immediate manifestations to understand…
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Narratives of Change and “I am doing my part”: Moving Beyond Individualism to Embrace Systemic Solutions

16th July 2023
The swirling maelstrom of issues that our society confronts today is an fuzzy web of interrelated challenges that require more than ever systemic solutions. In my work and research, I encounter a variety of worldviews…
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Complexity Blindness

4th July 2023
Have you ever wondered why we seem stuck, unable to effectively address the wicked problems plaguing our world? Why do the dominant paradigms of capitalism and conservatism persist despite the growing threats of climate change,…
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The Resilient Table 2043

18th June 2023
Post-Holocene Open Food-SystemsA critical visual exploration into the future of a post-Holocene climatarian diet. Switzerland 2043 Pascal WichtIn the wake of devastating climate disasters, geopolitical instability, and societal upheaval, the world of 2043 is transformed.…
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Conservative Thinking

2nd June 2023
When designers, equipped with creativity and a commitment to social innovation, venture into arenas dominated by conservative power structures, they often find themselves walking a tightrope. On one side is a seemingly solid ground of…
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The intersection of AI and creativity: a new era for Generative Art

25th May 2023
Artificial intelligence has long been an intriguing experiment in my professional life. However, it has taken a more central role over the past five years in my work. Specifically, it has become a central element…
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Social vs Societal

24th May 2023
Fictional AI-illustration Definition Grasping the distinction between "social" and "societal" is essential for effective social innovation. While "social" focuses on individual interactions and community dynamics, "societal" encompasses the larger frameworks that shape these interactions. By…
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Desirability, Feasibility and Viability

10th May 2023
As scholars, practitioners, and students of design, we are likely familiar with the triadic framework of Design Thinking, which underscores desirability, feasibility, and viability as the key dimensions to consider when approaching a design problem.…
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Neurocapitalist Design

8th May 2023
In the contemporary capitalist landscape, designers play one of the most essential role in shaping the material conditions and the symbolic world we collectively inhabit. However, as creative agents operating within this economic context, designers…
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Future scenarios

7th May 2023
Future scenario development is a key creative and critical phase in the strategic design research process. By applying anticipation, imagination, creativity and critical thinking, this process element enables the identification of blind spots and stimulates…
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Desk research

24th April 2023
The desk research element plays a vital role within the strategic design research and intervention framework. Approaching from the angle of sense-making, imagination, and orientation, this early phase process is crucial for expanding the research…
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The myth of the selfish human

7th April 2023
"Pascal, you are an idealist; you cannot change human Nature. Humans will always try to cheat and maximise their personal gain. That is the way it is. It is dangerous to pretend humans are different."…
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Rapid calibration

3rd April 2023
Rapid calibration is a vital element within the strategic design research framework. This process is often used during the early phase of research, leveraging an existing database of signals, trends, and insights or directly in…
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How whales can help mitigate climate change: the power of nature-based solutions

2nd April 2023
Introduction Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time, and it requires urgent action. While many solutions have been proposed to reduce carbon emissions and slow down global warming, one of the…
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10 clues to identify the invisible hand of neoliberalism in your design environment

4th January 2023
As designers, we often think about the ways in which our work can make a positive impact on the world. But have you ever stopped to consider the role that ideology plays in shaping your…
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NFT: Capitalism on steroids and the commodification of everything

26th December 2022
This blog post expands on an initial Linkedin post (2021) about two academic papers on NFT cryptocurrencies and ownership. After the FTX scandal and the Trump trading cards, I needed to unpack my previous post.…
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Defining the Box: how sensemaking and reframing can help you think out of the box

23rd December 2022
Introduction The phrase "think outside the box" is often used as a call to creativity and innovation in design thinking. It suggests that we should let go of our preconceived notions and biases, and come…
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What urgent matters in design?

19th December 2022
This is a repost of my answers to the question "What urgent matters in design" for the Next-D Journal. The promotion of design thinking First, I see too many designers brainwashed by the promotion of…
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System-shifting design, a review

19th December 2022
This is my contribution to the unpacking of "System-Shifting Design, An Emergent Practice Explored”, authored by Cat Drew, Cassie Robinson and Jennie Winhall in collaboration with 40+ design experts was published by the Design Council…
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No, Humanity is not destroying the planet; a system is

16th December 2022
Since the pivotal summer of 2022 and following the recent failed COP, it has become increasingly clear that we cannot revert to the conditions of the Holocene—a period characterized by relatively stable temperatures and a…
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We are not all in the same boat

16th December 2022
Today, in the train on the way to a client, I heard once again the expression "we are al in the same boat". As usual, it felt a bit disturbing and deeply problematic. Especially when…
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Experiments with matter

15th December 2022
This post is a rapid behind the scenes of my Hostile Habitat series using MidJourney and how I started this process by figuring out which words were helpful to break, twist and deform matter. When…
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Tomorrow, the future of chocolate in Africa?

14th December 2022
This article is a repost of a post originally published on Linkedin. Switzerland, known for its fine chocolate, relies heavily on imports of cocoa beans from Ghana and Ivory Coast, which account for almost two-thirds…
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The United PizzaStates: quelle grille de lecture pour les USA de janvier 2021?

14th December 2022
Cet article est un repost d'un billet initialement publié sur Linkedin au lendemain des événements du Capitoles à Washington. Que se passe-t-il aux USA? Ce matin, en buvant mon café je fais un tour d'horizon…
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Demain l’innovation suisse c’est quoi?

14th December 2022
Cet article est un repost d'un billet initialement publié sur Linkedin en réaction à un posts sur la question de l'innovation suisse. Une fois de plus j’écris mon commentaire. Puis, Linkedin m’informe que je dépasse…
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Futurbulences

13th December 2022
Alvin Toffler, in 1970 spoke of a phenomenon that would shake the very foundations of our existence: Future Shock. Toffler predicted that the pace of technological change would soon become so rapid that it would…
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Sense-Jamming

13th December 2022
In the Anthropocene epoch, a time marked by the significant influence of extractives, productivist and consumerist activity on the planet's ecosystems, a new cognitive phenomenon is surfacing, known as 'sense-jamming'. It is a consequence of…
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The origins of Wangjitsu

13th December 2022
In 2018, as I was creating Whispers & Giants, I started an incredible collaboration with the Swiss typographer and dear friend Loris Olivier. Although, as we worked on a series of typefaces for the studio,…
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Wangji
Slow-motion blog

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By Pascal Wicht