The Role of Design Fiction in Participatory Design Processes
A NordiCHI’18 workshop on 1-3 October 2018, Oslo, Norway
This workshop aims to explore if, how, and when in the design process participatory design practices and design fictions can be combined. We aim to create a first overview of the combined Participatory Design / Design Fiction process, including a set of practical examples.
Deadline for position paper submission: 10 August
Notification to workshop participants: 17 August
Workshop Day: Saturday 29 or Sunday 30 September
Have you been using design fictions in your participatory design projects and would like to learn more? Or are you someone who creates fictions and is wondering how they can be put to use in a design context? If so, this workshop is for you.
Last decade, there has been an increasing interest in using design fictions in conjunction with participatory methods. In parallel, researchers have started to explore the practices of writing and using fictions more thoroughly. Taking a step further, the topic of this one-day workshop is to explore why and how design fictions can help participatory design.
Thus, we are reaching out to anyone who has used participatory design and design fiction in conjunction — e.g. to collect data, information and stories on which to base the fiction; to co-create fictions; to use fictions as a discussion tool together with users or stakeholders; or to evaluate fictions during participatory design. We wish to find out how they were combined, at which point(s) in the design process, what the consequences were (positive and negative), and what was learned from this.
To ease analysing the different roles of design fiction in participatory design, we provide a template for position papers. In short, we’ll ask you to provide an example of when you used a fiction in a participatory design process. Your example could encompass one or more of the following topics:
- The creation of fictions: how do we go from data to fiction; how can we ideate and/or create fictions with or for participants?
- The use of fictions: How can fictions be used — to ideate concepts, to evaluate possible futures, to elicit hope, concerns and thoughts on a future, etc.
- The evaluation of fictions: How can we determine which fictions will work best for what in a participatory context?
Although your example does not have to involve any users or stakeholders per se, it should be clear how it benefits a participatory design process. For example, crafting a fiction for a specific outcome in a stakeholder workshop is not necessarily a participatory activity — it may be the designers who create the fiction — but still using it is part of a participatory process. Similarly, using focus groups to brainstorm around possible futures would be a participatory activity whereas the process of transforming that data into a fiction however, may or may not be participatory.
Position papers will be evaluated against their originality in combining participatory design and design fiction, and clarity of presentation. Submission is done via EasyChair by August 10, 2018. We aim to accept 12-18 submissions maximum. Upon acceptance, at least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop and all workshop participants must register for at least one additional day of the conference.
We encourage potential Future Scenarios-authors to provide different content for this workshop.
If you have any questions, please contact us: Sus Lyckvi, email@example.com