Ron Wakkary, William Odom, Sabrina Hauser, Garnet Hertz, Henry Lin
Design has long borrowed from fiction in techniques like scenarios, personas, and enactments. Speculative inquiries in design like futuring, forecasting, and envisionments have also deeply incorporated practices of fiction. More recently, design fiction has emerged as a uniquely productive approach to speculative inquiries . Given this, we see an opportunity to further explore fiction and other types of inquiries to nurture and expand interaction design research efforts. This article is a short guide to what we call material speculation, which emphasizes the material or mediating experience of specially designed artifacts in our everyday world in order to speculatively and…
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