In this article, I argue that anticipation unfolds within a range of experiential
modalities. Because moods and emotions, intuitions and imagination, among
other forms of experience, can all appear as disclosing something about the future,
anticipation is heterogeneous. Building on work in phenomenological anthropology
and philosophy, I offer a generative phenomenology of the range of anticipatory
experience, arguing that some forms of experience are relatively more implicit while
others may prove more salient and offer more explicable forms of anticipation. As
anticipation emerges in time, the more implicit experiential modes such as mood
and intuition operate as antecedents to more explicit ones such as imagination.
Turning to apply these ideas to ethnographic materials from my fieldwork among
architectural design teams in San Francisco, I demonstrate how attentiveness to this
gradient of anticipatory experience allows us to account for anticipatory experiences
as they unfold through time.