Expanding modes of reflection in design futuring

Sandjar Kozubaev, Noura Howell, Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard, Richmond Wong, Britta Schulte, Nick Merrill

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Abstract / Description of output

Design futuring approaches, such as speculative design, design fiction and others, seek to (re)envision futures and explore alternatives. As design futuring becomes established in HCI design research, there is an opportunity to expand and develop these approaches. To that end, by reflecting on our own research and examining related work, we contribute five modes of reflection. These modes concern formgiving, temporality, researcher positionality, real-world engagement, and knowledge production. We illustrate the value of each mode through careful analysis of selected design exemplars and provide questions to interrogate the practice of design futuring. Each reflective mode offers productive resources for design practitioners and researchers to articulate their work, generate new directions for their work, and analyze their own and others' work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '20
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781450367080
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • design futuring
  • futures-oriented design
  • speculative design
  • research through design
  • futures
  • design methods


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