Solutionism, the Game

Blythe, Mark, Steane, Jamie, Roe, Jenny and Oliver, Caroline (2015) Solutionism, the Game. In: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '15. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, USA, pp. 3849-3858. ISBN 9781450331456

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This paper reports a qualitative study of thriving older people and illustrates the findings with design fiction. Design research has been criticized as "solutionist" i.e. solving problems that don't exist or providing "quick fixes" for complex social, political and environmental problems. We respond to this critique by presenting a "solutionist" board game used to generate design concepts. Players are given data cards and technology dice, they move around the board by pitching concepts that would support positive aging. We argue that framing concept design as a solutionist game explicitly foregrounds play, irony and the limitations of technological intervention. Three of the game concepts are presented as design fictions in the form of advertisements for products and services that do not exist. The paper argues that design fiction can help create a space for design beyond solutionism.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design fiction, well being, older people
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2016 11:45
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 23:15

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