Design fiction makes use of fictional scenarios for the purpose of visualizing and explaining probable futures of the design. Primarily, it is an approach that makes speculations regarding new ideas via storytelling and prototyping. Let’s find out more about the considerations in design fiction.
Why is Design Fiction So awesome?
For consideration in design fiction, you may want to find out why it is so awesome. Below are some solid reasons:
1. Multiple aspects
It has the aspects that make it different from any other field, such as idea generation, prototyping, and making. In design fiction, you don’t need to worry about the success of the deliverables. As a matter of fact, it’s more about looking for an appealing way to show your ideas. This process helps you find out whether the idea might be acceptable by the society. I other words, your main focus is not on the technical feasibility of the design.
2. Evaluation with preconceptions
Designers have to be very careful and pay attention to tiny flaws for making their concepts a lot better. Therefore, before we consider a concept, what we do is doubt it evaluating it on the basis of today’s constraints.
We may reject a certain concept right away since it can’t work in any way, and that it can’t be cost-effective in any way. Often, we look at concepts as something with no context. Even if we see that a concept does have a context, we find no narrative. Besides, when we give an idea in the form of a design fiction, what we usually do is eliminate the constraints. However, we do accept some assumptions as to the context, which allows us to make an evaluation of the idea.
Design fiction offers a framework to make conceptual designs. In layman’s terms, it gives a framework forcing designers to think outside the box without losing the inspiration to create designs that are not bound by today’s constraints. Actually, it tells us that we shouldn’t just copy from science fiction. Instead, we should try to find out new possibilities being creative. What we need to do is foresee the possible problems. Resolving the existing problems shouldn’t be our only focus.
4. Design Fiction is interdisciplinary
What does this term mean? It means that your design fiction representation may employ skills from a variety of disciplines. Primarily, it is based on the subject that you need to work on, which may be a future object, architecture, entertainment, medicine or education system.
Let us take an example. You have the freedom to present your design via a film; however, you should produce artifacts that you think people would like in the industrial design.
5. It is fun
Frankly speaking, it is fun. You don’t need to worry about cost, feasibility, requirements and clients. You can add humor to your work. As a matter fact, it is fun to imagine stuff that will come into existence in the future.
Hopefully, you now know well what you need to know about considerations in design fiction.