Research through design fiction

Blythe, Mark (2014) Research through design fiction. In: Proceedings of the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems - CHI '14. ACM, New York, pp. 703-712. ISBN 978-1-4503-2473-1

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2556288.2557098

Abstract

This paper reflects on the uses of prototypes in "Research through Design" and considers "Design Fiction" as a technique for exploring the potential value of new design work. It begins with an analysis of Research through Design abstracts in the ACM digital library and identifies an emerging language and structure of papers in this emerging field. The abstracts: frame a problem space, introduce a study, often involving the deployment of a prototype, and conclude with considerations, reflections and discussion. This format is then pastiched in a series of design fictions written for a project investigating new and emerging forms of reproduction in Art. The fictions take the form of "imaginary abstracts" which summarize findings of papers that have not been written about prototypes that do not exist. It is argued that framing concept designs as fictional studies can provide a space for research focused critique and development.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Design > Northumbria Design
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2014 15:24
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2016 12:36
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/18320

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