Design fictions

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Tanenbaum, Joshua; Tanenbaum, Karen, & Wakkary, Ron. (2012). Design fictions. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI '12), 347-350. doi:10.1145/2148131.2148214

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Design fiction
Tangible user interfaces
Design practice

This studio provides participants with an opportunity to engage in a hands-on exploration of the use of "design fictions" as a strategy for producing physical artifacts. The idea of design fictions blurs the boundaries between traditional design practices and narrative explorations of potential futures. If the goal of design is to devise courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones, then the goal of design fiction is to use speculations, metaphors, and explorations of desired futurities to explicate and inform material design practices. Participants will have a chance to discuss these ideas, as well as to design and build their own "diegetic prototypes" out of materials sourced from local antique shops, thrift stores, and other nearby sources of inspiration. Through this hands-on exploration of the constraints and affordances of fictional scenarios and scavenged materials, we hope to collectively explore a compelling new design space for tangibles.

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