Calling for a plurality of perspectives on design futuring: an un-manifesto

Howell, N., Schulte, B.F., Twigger Holroyd, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-3403-3516, Fatás Arana, R., Sharma, S. and Eden, G., 2021. Calling for a plurality of perspectives on design futuring: an un-manifesto. In: Y. Kitamura, A. Quigley, K. Isbister and T. Igarashi, eds., CHI EA '21: extended abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York: Association for Computing Machinery. ISBN 9781450380959

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The Futures Cone, a prominent model in design futuring, is useful for promoting discussions about possible, plausible, probable, and preferable futures. Yet this model has limitations, such as representing diverse human experiences as a singular point of “the present” and implicitly embedding notions of linear progress. Responding to this, we argue that a plurality of perspectives is needed to engage imaginations that depict a diverse unfolding of potential futures. Through reflecting on our own cultural and professional backgrounds, we offer five perspectives for design futuring as a contribution to this plurality: Parallel Presents, “I Am Time”, Epithelial Metaphors, the Uncertainties Cone, and Meet (with) “Speculation”. These perspectives open alternative approaches to design futuring, move outside prevalent notions of technological progress, and foreground interdependent, relational agencies.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Howell, N., Schulte, B.F., Twigger Holroyd, A., Fatás Arana, R., Sharma, S. and Eden, G.
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery
Place of Publication: New York
Date: May 2021
ISBN: 9781450380959
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Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 27 May 2021 07:49
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2021 11:13
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