Fiction and Physicality: a designerly approach towards complexities of emerging technologies

Yeup Hur, Miriam Sturdee, Migeul Bruns Alonso, Panos Markopoulos, Jason Alexander

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Rapid technological progression results in exciting new ways of interacting with our world whilst simultaneously limiting our experiences. Due to the pervasiveness of emerging technologies, designers are constantly faced with complexities and challenges, which necessitate the use of various tools and methodologies. This paper combines inspiration from the fields of aesthetics of interaction (Overbeek 1999), somaesthetics (Shusterman, 1999), design ethnography (Salvador, 1999), design fiction (Bleecker, 2009) and speculative design (Auger, 2013), to explore a designerly way of overcoming the complexity of implementing technologies into our daily life. We propose a holistic design approach to envision possibilities for emerging technology, integrating the physicality of human bodies with technological materiality. Further, we present a plausible narrative, containing visionary aspects and the investigated methodologies, alongside a series of design concepts that drive the storyline and form the basis for examining social implications, design and future contexts, and improving the way in which designers handle the limitations of a technology driven design approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S3849-S3862
JournalThe Design Journal
Issue numbersup1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2017

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© 2017 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • Design Fiction
  • Design Methodology
  • Emerging Technology
  • Ideation Tools
  • Theory and Method


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