Posted on Jun 22, 2009 in quote

Sometimes the filmmakers—the science fiction writers—imagine stuff before the engineers do, and there is a feedback loop between fiction and science that seems to be influencing each other,

Making ‘Minority Report’ computer navigation a reality

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 in quote

Design seeks out ways to jump over its own conceptual walls-scenarios, user observation, brainstorming, rapid prototyping, critical design, speculative design. There is even “experience design,” which is surely the most imperial, most gaseous, most spectral form of design yet invented.

Design Fiction by Bruce Sterling

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 in quote

Simon’s “critical artefact” methodology is based on the idea that provocative design concepts can stimulate people to debate their needs and desires in a more open way, allowing the designer to identify new concepts.

An Argumentative Process?

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 in quote

The term critical design was popularised in Anthony Dunne’s book Hertzian Tales. In it Dunne introduces the idea of product design and electronic objects fusing into critical design where the object functions as critique. Critical design has since been adopted as an umbrella term for any type of design practice which suggests that design offers possibilities beyond solving design problems.

Contextualising critical design: a classification of critical design practices

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 in quote

[We start by] mapping assumptions within and outside of an organisation about the future, and animate these ideas as tangible evidence of the future. Both negative and aspirational futures are embodied as designed touch-points. We focus as much on the effects of possible designs as the design of the service itself.

What is Evidencing?

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 in quote

Unlike traditional design, Critical Design is focussing on the communication of an idea rather the development of a product or service. Therefore any constraints that a designer might find in developing a product or service, such as budget, limited materials, time, physics, difficult clients, are for a Critical Designer only constraints in terms of the presentation of the idea. In a way, Critical design seems to need to set itself free of the constraints, and focus only on a thematic constraint so that it is able to be truly critical.

How should we critique ‘Critical Design’? » Monomo Interaction Design

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 in quote

Critical design, popularized by Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, uses designed artifacts as an embodied critique or commentary on consumer culture. Both the designed artifact (and subsequent use) and the process of designing such an artifact causes reflection on existing values, mores, and practices in a culture.

Critical design – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 in quote

By exploring the relationship between the scientific community and the entertainment industry in the construction of fictional films, this paper investigates the impact that fictional representations, created with the assistance of scientists, have on the construction of scientific knowledge and the public understanding of science.

Scientists on the Set: Science Consultants and the Communication of Science in Visual Fiction

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 in quote

The Science & Entertainment Exchange is a program of the National Academy of Sciences that provides entertainment industry professionals with access to top scientists and engineers to help bring the reality of cutting-edge science to creative and engaging storylines.

The Science and Entertainment Exchange

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 in quote

I would say some representations of science can significantly impact public understanding,” for better and for worse, Kirby says. He views 2000’s Mission to Mars as “harmful,” perpetuating a bogus idea in the public mind because the film depicted as real the geological feature known as the Face on Mars, which actually is an optical illusion.

TV, films boldly go down scientific path

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 in quote

Because of the great persuasive power that film can thus impart to relatively few scientists, it is important to understand the role of fictional films in science communication and scientific practice. The battleground over scientific ideas is not limited to scientific meetings and publications, or even to traditional popularizing realms such as documentaries and news articles. Any time a scientist discusses, or portrays, scientific information, he or she is engaged in an act of persuasion.

Science Advisors, Representation, and Hollywood Films — Kirby 3 (2): 54 — Molecular Interventions

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 in quote

*On the other hand, maybe this is the way that “design fiction” is destined to look. My feeling is that good “design fiction” ought to be like good “critical design,” it ought to be subtle and taut and aimed at provoking some cognitive dissonance. But maybe that’s a niche effort doomed to blow right over most people’s heads. Scifi is pop culture. Most design guys I know, who are into science fiction, like big, glossy, popular, sci-fi movies and television shows. They’re not mulling over JG Ballard’s architectural thinking on their way to the Dunne and Raby exhibit.

Designing Post-Human Everyware In Far Futurity | Beyond The Beyond

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 in quote

New digital design tools have given birth to something new, potentially wonderful, often silly, and dare I say even “green”: the transition from the “experience of the artifact” to the “consumption of the idea of the artifact.

Adobe – Dreamweaver undefined tutorial : Creative gesture or vapid prototyping? The importance of fictional products

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