Design Fiction is very contemporary and tends to mix speculative objects, “diegetic prototypes,” mockups, group activities, futurist scenarios, drawings, animations, videos, interactions, and vaguely political “critical design” put-ons. Design Fiction has never been a linear, narrative, literary effort at fiction.
*The role of writing in design-fiction is pretty much like tech-writing for other kinds of industrial-design efforts. It’s supportive rather than central.
*The gray eminences of design-fiction are undoubtedly Tony Dunne and Fiona Raby of the Royal College of Art. They never write fiction. They write books, teach, and do installations.
“Dunne & Raby use design as a medium to stimulate discussion and debate amongst designers, industry and the public about the social, cultural and ethical implications of current and emerging
technologies.” And boy, do they ever.

January 7, 2011