I find Cameron’s criticisms of “DnR’s” work interesting, notably the lack of diversity in speculative design work. It has become very apparent to me, as an American-born Asian female, that much of speculative design work comes from white Westerners. Whether or not that is a good thing isn’t really something on which I can elaborate. However, now it is even more clear as to why this is so. In his citation of the case of the Pakistani design school being generally against the idea of typical speculative design, the problems I see as a student in a prestigious university versus a world fraught with conflict, I, comparatively to that of a Pakistani design student, see the world differently. I feel that I take for granted every day that which is given to me. I complain about how hard school is, how difficult it is to find a job, how my relationships keep failing, how sad I am, how much sleep I lack. And yet, I have the privilege to even talk about speculative design. Is speculative design a privilege to begin with? I’m not sure, but it seems that only the privileged practice it. As a designer, this is rather conflicting. I think that it is common sense to focus on problems of the now – that’s an obvious and apparent thing that most anyone can get behind. I’m not saying that speculative design is useless or that it’s first-world problem solving (see my previous post), but of the many philosophical questions designers have to deal with, is it something that I want to spend time doing? Then again, maybe I should stick to what I know – how do I design for the third world if I have never experienced it before.