A Look At Design Fiction in Futures
Last October, Bastien Kerspern and Estelle Hary from studio Design Friction asked me to sit down with them and discuss the role of speculative artifacts in futures work. The result is this interview published on Medium. For me, as a practice, design fiction is an approach that is still unfolding—more work needs to be done on understanding its function and impact as a tool to suspend the present and extend communication of possible futures to wider groups.
"Why not make things that use the vernacular forms of the consumer society? By creating objects that embody stories you are able to create this space to invite people into. If I am just asking you not to be focused on the present right now that is not really an effective question. If I invite you into a space to engage about a possible future, then we are moving from that static position only focusing on the present into some other place. For me that is something quite interesting about an object: it opens up a space around it and begins to embody a new context."
Bruce Sterling was kind enough to point to the interview over at WIRED as well.