Auger, James, 2013, Journal Article, Speculative design: crafting the speculation Digital Creativity, 24 (1). p. 11. ISSN 1462-6268
The question addressed by this journal article is how to develop fictions in the specific form of design speculations: embodiments of possible futures. How is the fictional character of such work conceptualised and produced? What kinds of speculation are involved? Auger’s article considers the value of one particular approach and argues that speculative design serves two distinct purposes: first, to enable us to think about the future; second, to critique current practice. Research methods are described through case studies of the author's own projects and those from graduates of Design Interactions at the RCA. A key concept is the ‘perceptual bridge’ – the means by which designers engage their audience. Auger argues that a vital factor in the success of a Speculative Design proposal is the careful management of the speculation, specifically what informs the use of technology, aesthetics, behaviour, interaction and function of the designed artefact. He argues the need for a deep consideration of the cultural landscape into which artefacts may be deployed, to create plausible and engaging imaginaries of the technological future. A number of techniques are described, including borrowing from observational comedy, the use of the uncanny, ecological methods for understanding habitats and systems, and counterfactual histories.
|Subjects:||Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies|
|School or Centre:||School of Design|
|Identification Number or DOI:||10.1080/14626268.2013.767276|
|Date Deposited:||03 Nov 2013 15:12|
|Last Modified:||31 Jan 2014 16:33|