Imaginary design workbooks: constructive criticism and practical provocations

Mark Blythe, Enrique Encinas, Jofish Kaye, Miriam Lueck Avery, Rob McCabe, Kristina Andersen

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This paper reports design strategies for critical and experimental work that remains constructive. We describe a design workshop that explored the "home hub" space through "imaginary design workbooks". These feature ambiguous images and annotations written in an invented language to suggest a design space without specifying any particular idea. Many of the concepts and narratives which emerged from the workshop focused on extreme situations: some thoughtful, some dystopian, some even mythic. One of the workshop ideas was then developed with a senior social worker who works with young offenders. A "digital social worker" concept was explored and critiqued simultaneously. We draw on Foucault's history of surveillance to "defamiliarise" both the home hub technology and the current youth justice system. We argue that the dichotomy between "constructive" and "critical" design is false because design is never neutral.

Originele taal-2Engels
TitelCHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
SubtitelEngage with CHI
UitgeverijAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Aantal pagina's12
VolumeNew York
ISBN van geprinte versie978-1-4503-5620-6
StatusGepubliceerd - 20 apr. 2018
EvenementCHI '18 - Montreal, Canada, Montreal, Canada
Duur: 21 apr. 201826 apr. 2018
Congresnummer: 36


CongresCHI '18
Verkorte titelCHI 2018
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