Unfinished Business Design Fiction Lecture

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October 25, 2011

Unfinished Business Design Fiction Lecture



October 25, 2011


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    driving better futures Scott Smith Changeist Unfinished Business Lecture September

    29, 2010 #designfiction Design Fiction: Provoking the Future by Making It
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    driving better futures Made in 1967, from 1963 novel La

    Planète des Singes by Pierre Boulle
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    driving better futures That’s all nice, but how do we

    make the future happen more often?
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    driving better futures People who could touch something, instead of

    just hear or read about it, were 50% more likely to select the “experienced” item. — Caltech research
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    driving better futures •  Design fiction attempts “to correct for

    the limitations in how we think about the future”. –  Jake Dunagan, Institute for the Future
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    driving better futures “…Science fiction does not merely anticipate but

    actively shapes technological futures through its effect on the collective imagination.” -Paul Dourish and Genevieve Bell, “Resistance is Futile”: Reading Science Fiction Alongside Ubiquitous Computing
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    driving better futures “Design seeks out ways to jump over

    its own conceptual walls— scenarios, user observation, brainstorming, rapid prototyping, critical design, speculative design.” -Bruce Sterling, Interactions magazine, May/June 2009
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    driving better futures “How can design participate in shaping possible

    near future worlds? How can the integration of story telling, technology, art and design provide opportunities to re-imagine how the world may be in the future? How does the material act of making and crafting things— real, material objects — shape how we think about what is possible and how we think about what should be possible?” -Julian Bleecker, Near Future Laboratory
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    driving better futures ≠ We can’t keep trying to rewrite

    the script to make our desired endings come true (good or bad). If we have our own points of view—if we OWN the future—we can use our powers of synthesis to keep rewriting and rethinking these style manuals, and make new artifacts to test their physics.
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    driving better futures Further Reading •  Julian Bleecker — http://

    www.nearfuturelaboratory.com/ •  Nicolas Nova — http://www.liftlab.com/think/nova/ •  Bruce Sterling — http://www.wired.com/ beyond_the_beyond/category/design-fiction/ •  Stuart Candy — http://futuryst.blogspot.com/ •  Jake Dunagan — http://www.iftf.org •  Matt Jones — http://magicalnihilism.com/ •  Jason Tester — http://www.iftf.org/blog/14