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Vision Concepts within the landscape of design research 

Ricardo Mejia Sarmiento, Gert Pasman, Pieter Jan Stappers 

Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands (3)

J.R.MejiaSarmiento@tudelft.nl

Keywords: vision concepts; concept cars; speculative design; design fiction; critical design

Abstract

In the landscape of design research, several techniques of speculative design -or design about ideas- have been positioned, each with a different time frame. Design Fiction and Critical Design, for instance, emerged as making activities that explore the near and the speculative future, respectively. We previously defined Vision Concepts as a design-led technique that explores and communicates speculative futures. Even though Vision Concepts, such as long-term concept cars and products, have been part of the industry since 1938, previous work has failed to identify and understand them from the design research perspective or compared them with other speculative design techniques. This study intends to identify which spot Vision Concepts occupies within the landscape of design research. To that end, we developed a multiple case analysis that includes examples of Vision Concepts, Design Fiction, and Critical Design. This paper will help design researchers identify the similarities and differences between Vision Concepts and the other speculative design techniques and gain knowledge about when and why to apply this technique. 

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Cite this paper: Mejia, R.S., Pasman, G., Stappers, P.J. (2016). Vision Concepts within the landscape of design research. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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