Speculative and Critical Design in Education: Practice and Perspectives

Ingi Helgason*, Michael Smyth, Enrique Encinas, Ivica Mitrovic

*Corresponding author

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This full-day, interdisciplinary workshop will address the use of Speculative and Critical Design (SCD), Design Fiction, and related practices, including those that use provocation, ambiguity and activism, within undergraduate, postgraduate and professional educational contexts. The day will include the sharing of experiences of working with these methods within the classroom, along with discussions around the perspectives and motivations underpinning the choice of approaches. The aims of the workshop organizers are to share and support effective practices in education, and to further the debate on the future of Speculative and Critical Design within educational curricula. The workshop builds on the activities of the current SpeculativeEdu project, which is concerned with developing novel educational skills and design practices for the 21st century, especially those focused on critical relations between technology and human society.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2020 Companion - Companion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Number of pages4
Publication date2020
ISBN (Electronic)9781450379878
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventACM SIGCHI 2020 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: More than Human Centred Design - Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Jul 202010 Jul 2020


ConferenceACM SIGCHI 2020 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
LocationEindhoven University of Technology
Internet address


  • Critical design
  • Design fiction
  • Design methods
  • Education
  • Pedagogy
  • Speculative design

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