Imagining futures for research with design fictions

Who: Those interested in design storytelling and envisioning the future in relation to the socio-cultural significance of digital interaction.
When: Thursday, August 22, 2013. 2-5pm (3 hours)
Where: TBD (At either Newcastle or Northumbria University campus)
How: For further information or to express interest in participating please reply to;

This three-hour workshop is a formal study being conducted as part of scoping work ahead of an interdisciplinary research project entitled Charting the Digital Lifespan. This scoping work is exploratory in nature and involves the collaboration of supervisors Abigail Durrant (Newcastle University) and Sarah Martindale (University of Nottingham), and doctoral intern, Malcolm Jones (Northumbria University). The project is part of the Horizon Digital Economy research initiative jointly funded by Research Councils UK and the University of Nottingham.

The workshop explores approaches to authoring design fictions through a loose collection of playful resources. It includes a brief introduction to design fictions and storytelling with low-fidelity props.

Participants will be asked to engage with a fictional story describing an imaginary bereavement situation. Bereavement is one of four key life-stages being examined in the digital lifespan. Participants will not be required to recall or relate their own experiences, but rather we will be approaching the topic through imaginary situations. A number of low-fidelity resources will be used to develop and reflect on the narrative as a research tool, and to explore how the story could be presented using different modes of communication, such as verbal, visual and video enactment. Participants will be asked to reflect on their experience with the approach and the resources and to complete a short questionnaire.

Refreshments will be provided and participants will receive a set of storytelling resources.

If you have any questions about the workshop or would like to express your interest in attending, please contact


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