Our main disciplines are speculative design and innovation. We propose the artistic process as an answer to futures and transition design.

Our specialization is in combining the following:

Our process is accumulative and usually unfolds between 2 and 9 months, with regular time traveling within our clients’ boundaries and availability.

The process is a combination of small sessions with product owners and teams, and open, interactive sessions with the outer organization or the public.

In-house sessions are short co-design moments, whereas public interventions are a result of a phase in our process related to:
a) testing a prototype with our client's community, users, or audience, or
b) building a rapid prototype with our client's community, users, or audience.

See examples of in-house work in California, and of public, interactive sessions in Helsinki.

A simplification of the stages in our process could be:
1. Discovering the future–world.
2. Affecting the world.
3. Changing your world.

100% guarantee that you’ll invent a future or we give you your time back!

To some, The Time Travel Agency offers interactive experiences to adapt to our rapidly changing world by learning methods for handling change, and to experience the mechanisms of uncertainty, prototyping, and collaboration.

To others, we offer a front-end innovation process that evolves into a custom-made process for their organization to repeat over time, developing the capacity in-house.

A time travel experience is an imaginative and playful innovation process that introduces people to new scenarios in which to practice their Futures Literacy (FL) skill before they jump into action plans.

This pre-design stage is the space where exciting opportunities can be spotted for any organization or team looking to grow and adapt.

Our clients aren’t looking for trends and predictions yet,
they want to know what they don’t know that they don’t know,
which is usually in their future and in themselves.

Our clients are looking to adapt and survive with agency. We offer futures, and make worlds to feel what it’s like to affect them.

“Our studio is a response to hopelessness about the future.” (x)

Our values are simple: a determined connection to our imagination skill, gifting agency in the future, a strong process aligned with practical implementation, and supporting the construction of futures where people feel happy to be alive.

We are proud to guide ourselves with a few lines that explain our artistic philosophy, as well as our innovation and design approach:

A time travel as the smallest unit of an optimistic situation.

We use found and everyday objects, scientific papers, observations, and games to create artifacts, prototypes, and other objects.

Sustainable futures exist since the time travel process starts.

Our future works are not predictions. We are interested in any future that could be.

We don’t predict so that we don’t feel bad from expectation / We create so that we feel good from imagination.

Our interventions, discoveries, and artifacts are simple. The prototypes are easy, the texts are short, and the interventions are brief.

We concentrate on flexibility as a method to achieve authenticity and vulnerability.

We chose speculative design for its suggestion to find and question the problem space, and for stopping when reaching a question. We see the future as a spectrum because dystopia is helplessness and utopia a special advantage. We chose stories because what we imagine matters.

We chose to begin with front-end innovation because the birth of an invention is exciting and clarifying. This stage allows for creativity and possibilities in both a chaotic and orderly environment, where our travel agents are always on the lookout for breakthroughs.

Successful innovations are built on strong visions, values, and teams. We add agency and a potential trajectory to this mix, and aim to transform.

“When people are capable of deciding why and how to use the future, they become better able to detect and create the otherwise invisible – innovation and transformation. They are more at ease with novelty and experimentation. Less anxious about uncertainty. Humbler about controlling the future. More confident about being able to comprehend and appreciate the potential opened up by change.” (x)

We are currently only offering trips to the future:

  • Design your own Future to explore,
  • Return to the agency anytime to expand on your universe, which we keep alive for you.

Other time travellers said it best:

“Speculative design brings up the skill of thinking with your hands.”

“The purpose of an experience like this is to design IN the future.”

“It gave me a feeling of having a voice in the future.”

“We realized that our prototype is not that far away from now; we broke down dogmatic and traditional thinking.”

“An experience I’d define as playful-mind-eruption.”

“If you can think it, try to build it!”

We belong to this flux of initiatives concerned with more exciting and desirable futures:

To travel is to live, to time travel is to learn
The Time Travel Agency