The future as a design problem

Stuart, Reeves and Murray, Goulden and Robert, Dingwall (2016) The future as a design problem. Design Issues, 32 (3). pp. 6-17. ISSN 1531-4790

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Abstract

An often unacknowledged yet foundational problem for design is how ‘futures‘ are recruited for design practice. This problem saturates considerations of what could or should be designed. We distinguish two intertwined approaches to this: ‘pragmatic projection’, which tries to tie the future to the past, and ‘grand vision’, which ties the present to the future. We examine ubiquitous computing as a case study of how pragmatic projection and grand vision are practically expressed to direct and structure design decisions. We assess their implications and conclude by arguing that the social legitimacy of design futures should be increasingly integral to their construction.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1162/DESI_a_00395
Depositing User: Reeves, Stuart
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2016 12:05
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2016 04:54
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/35604

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