It is our critical collective need to be able to think the supposedly “unthinkable”, and imagine the “unimaginable”, that is driving the merger of futures and design practices. Futures provides a big-picture context and sense of the stakes for design work, and design brings concreteness and communicative effectiveness to futures. Together they can do far more than simply convey propositional content about possible futures; they enable otherwise schematic, affect-free, “flat” images of the future to be fleshed out, thought and felt – in a word, experienced – in a more profound way. But the notions of unthinkable and unimaginable are just the extremes of a normative spectrum: dystopian (unthinkably bad) at one end, and utopian (unimaginably good) at the other. As important for our collective well-being as it is to engage these edge-cases, part of the offer of this union of design and futures thought/practice is to move beyond the long-standing and limited utopia/dystopia binary. We need to be able to think, and feel, the “possibility space” of alternative futures in more dimensions – ones not pre-designated (often thought-stoppingly) as desirable or undesirable. To do this, we can use Jim Dator’s four generic images of the future (GIFs): continue, collapse, discipline, transform. Dator’s framework, which groups scenarios into sets of narratives based on the trajectory of change that they express, can be – and for many years at HRCFS, actually has been – deployed generatively to map and explore the “four corners of possibility space”, providing a way to range imaginatively and yet systematically towards the outer limits of possible futures, before proceeding to home in on probable and preferable ones. The meat of the lecture lay in examining a whole series of projects which exemplify the marriage of design and futures work. My focus was on those efforts I knew best, that is, in which I was personally involved –