Designers as fans: bottom-up online explorations of new technology concepts as a genre of design fan fictions

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Abstract

This paper explores the intersection between the participatory culture mechanism of fan fiction, and the emerging trend of user-generated design fiction scenarios exploring new technological design ideas. We propose this intersection is showing an under-appreciated form of online participation in the exploration of the potential of new digital technologies, so-called ‘design fan fictions’. Here, online users launch small fiction scenarios depicting their personal vision or interpretation of a specific genre of technology. Our contribution is a mapping of how this form of bottom-up exploration can be seen as a valuable resource for design, informed by the most dedicated ‘fans’ within the technological discourse.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFirst Monday
Volume23
Issue number12
Number of pages13
ISSN1396-0466
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Dec 2018

Keywords

  • design fiction
  • fan fiction
  • design thinking
  • prototyping
  • diegetic prototypes
  • sketching
  • concept development
  • lead users
  • prosumers

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