An approach to future-oriented technology design - with a reflection on the role of the artefact

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    This paper describes future-oriented design as a manner to carry out design research in the emerging technology context, i.e. it describes design activities within a research context. For the purpose the paper introduces a method called science fiction prototyping, which has arisen from the emerging technology research with a well-founded aim to encourage future-oriented thinking. This paper briefly introduces the method; primarily so as to clarify why the future-oriented design by science fiction has been found useful. The focus of the paper is nevertheless on the reflection of how the science fiction prototypes may have most value for the design field. The paper argues that this is achieved primarily by considering the prototypes as design outcomes of validated design-oriented research work i.e. by introducing the science fiction prototypes as research-oriented design artefacts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference
    PublisherDesign Research Society
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event50th Anniversary DRS Conference - Brighton, United Kingdom
    Duration: 27 Jun 201630 Jun 2016


    Conference50th Anniversary DRS Conference
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • design research
    • emerging technology research
    • human-computer interaction
    • HCI
    • science fiction prototyping
    • SFP


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