The Role of Design Fiction in Participatory Design Processes

 A NordiCHI’18 workshop

Date: 9:00-16:30, Sunday 30 September 2018

Location: Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo (Gaustadalléen 23B)

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.

Download the full workshop proposal

Important Dates

Deadline for position paper submission: 10 August (Extended to 20 August) (via EasyChair)

Notification to workshop participants: 27 August

Workshop Day: Sunday 30 September

Call For Participation

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, you can find the template and two position paper examples in the page ‘Position paper template‘ on this website.  In short, we’ll ask you to provide an example of when you used a fiction in a participatory design process. 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. They will be published on this workshop webpage. Submission is done via EasyChair extended to 20 August, 2018. 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,