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Fiction as a resource in participatory design 

Eva Knutz, Tau Lenskjold, Thomas Markussen 

University of Southern Denmark (3)

Keywords: fiction; participatory prototyping; participatory design, social games. 


In this paper we are exploring the relation between participation and fiction with the aim of investigating how fiction can be a resource for participatory design and can shed more light on the participatory value of fiction. We describe how fiction has been taken up and conceptualized in contemporary design research and argue that different strategies for applying fiction may be seen as a resource for evoking various forms of participation. Furthermore this paper present three case examples of participatory prototyping, that makes use of play or games as a way to engage participants with a particular use of make-believe. We discuss these cases with the purpose of identifying how participatory design can benefit from a more articulate notion of fiction. 

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Cite this paper: Knutz, E., Lenskjold, T.A., Markussen, T. (2016). Fiction as a resource in participatory design. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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