The future-essay as a design tool

Bente Dahl Thomsen, Anne Kappel

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The aim of this paper is to present scenarios, photo-essays and future-essays as tools in communication, and as tools for clarifying the use of products in the future and the aesthetic qualities in the programme. In the design process, the programme is a description of the function, the conditions, and wants from the producer as well as wishes from the user. It is the approach to and plan for the development of a project.

We talk about one coherent tool or three independent tools for the future description:
1. Scenarios – qualitative sceneries for when the product is introduced to the market and 10 - 15 years later.
2. Photo-essays – composed illustrations which give the reader a feeling of the expected context and/or the mood around the use of the product.
3. Future-essays – short image descriptions in which reports about the user’s experience and relations to the future product contribute to notions about design and quality of the future product.

This paper discusses the methods as well as the strengths and weaknesses of the three tools when used separately and when used together.
TitelThe 9th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education : Shaping the Future
RedaktørerErik Bohemia, Kev Hilton, Chris McMahon, Anna Clarke
Antal sider6
ForlagDesign Society
ISBN (Trykt)978-0-9553942-1-8
StatusUdgivet - 2007
Begivenhed9th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education - The Design Society, Storbritannien
Varighed: 13 sep. 200714 sep. 2007
Konferencens nummer: 9


Konference9th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education
ByThe Design Society
NavnShapaing the Future?  9th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education


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