The Poetics of Design Fiction

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Design fiction is an emergent field within HCI and interaction design, the understanding of which ultimately relies, so we argue, of an integrative account of poetics and design praxis. In this paper we give such an account. Initially, a precise definition of design fiction is given by drawing on the theory of possible worlds found within poetics. Further, we offer a method of practicing design fiction, which relies on the equal integration of literary practice with design practice. The use of this method is demonstrated by 4 design projects from a workshop set up in collaboration with a Danish author. All of this substantiates our notion of a poetics of practicing design fiction, and through our critical examination of related work we conclude on how our approach contribute to HCI and interaction design.
Translated title of the contributionThe Poetics of Design Fiction
Original languageEnglish
Publication date3. Sept 2013
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 3. Sept 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces - Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Duration: 3. Sept 20135. Sept 2013
Conference number: DPPI


Conference6th International Conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityNewcastle upon Tyne


  • design fiction
  • poetics
  • utopianism

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