Data-Enabled Futuring: Designing for and with the Invisible

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In a world where data is everywhere, designers are working to find ways in which to design with this intangible and invisible new material. Data-enabled design is becoming an increasingly accepted practice to use for user research around data and for the development of data products and systems. As a methodology, it offers designers and researchers the possibility to rapidly react to user insights and to iterate even during product or system deployment. However, as the practice is reactive, it is more difficult to consider long-term consequences while performing data-enabled studies. In my PhD research, I investigate different ways to design for the future of data practices, by making futuring practices part of data-enabled design processes. My research is situated in a clinical context, where the use of more personal informatics is up and coming but where also the long-term user well-being is a primary concern.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2021 - Companion Proceedings of the 2021 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Subtitle of host publicationNowhere and Everywhere
EditorsWendy Ju, Lora Oehlberg, Sean Follmer, Sarah Fox, Stacey Kuznetsov
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-8559-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021


  • data-enabled design
  • design futuring
  • data-enabled futuring
  • speculative design
  • clinical innovation


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