Design, Fiction and Experimental Image Making


    This short course will provide an introduction to critical theory in relation to interaction design and to the philosophy and practice in design fiction. It will provide an overview of the uses of fiction in Human Computer Interaction research including scenarios, personas and design fiction.  It will also consider the ways that insights from contemporary philosophy can be applied to design. Throughout the course students will develop design fictions through text, images and animation using phone or pad based apps such as Pixomatic and Procreate. Students will work individually and in groups to create design fictions that explore current grand challenges e.g. living with social distancing.

    Reading List:

    Bardzell, Bardzell and Blythe (2018) Critical Theory and Interaction Design

    Bleecker J 2009) Design Fiction: A Short Essay on Design, Science, Fact and Fiction

    Blythe and Encinas 2018: Research Fiction and Thought Experiments in Design

    Blythe 2017; Research Fiction: Storytelling, Plot and Design

    Prerequisites: No previous experience of image making or animation is necessary.
    Organizers: Assist. Prof. Enrique Encinas, Assoc. Prof. Dimitrios Raptis and Prof. Mikael Skov.
    Lecturer: Prof. Mark Blythe
    ECTS: 2
    Time: 7th and 8th of December 2020, 10:00-16:00 for both days (Physical attendance is required)
    Place: Department of Computer Science, Aalborg University, Selma Lagerlöfs Vej 300, Aalborg, Denmark
    Number of available seats: 30
    Application Deadline: 30th of November 2020

    Department of Computer Science
    Aalborg University
    Selma Lagerlöfs Vej 300

    Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.