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25 NOVEMBER 2013

DesFi (Design Fictions) MA study at QUT

"I use the term 'DesFi' as a play on 'SciFi'. In that 'SciFi' narratives and visualisations are fictional scenarios based on scientific discoveries and discussions. Im particularly interested in how the genre of 'science fiction' can provide an example approach for design students to consider when they are conceptualising potential designs for future contexts.

The DesFi approach allows design students to put aside existing limitations… such as current issues around voice recognition, language translators or even access to personal data. These limitations are based in technical, political and sometimes ethical arguments that, although undeniably critical to design feasibility, can suspend design innovations if we only consider the policies, technologies and processes that exist right now.

My premise to the students is that such contemporary concerns may be solved by another discipline in the near or far future. Consequently, attitudes will shift, new technologies will emerge and the criteria and inventory for design specifications will change.

Limiting our design ideas to current issues may dilute the potential for innovation… but more importantly, by prototyping great imaginative design solutions, we can increase the demand for change through demonstrating the possibilities that emerge from overcoming the conditions and contingencies of designing products for only todays market and todays user."

(Deb Polson, 25 November 2013)

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2009AustraliaBruce Sterlingcommunication design education • contemporary concerns • Debra Polson • DesFi • DesFi prototypes • DesFi tangents • design educators • design feasibility • design fictions • Design Fictions (course) • design innovation • design specifications • design students • design studio programme • designing products • designing prototypes • diegetic prototypes • ethical arguments • fantasticfictional scenariosfuture contextshistory of ideasimaginative design solutions • Interactive and Visual Design Course • Julian BleeckerMA • Masters of Creative Industries • near future design • new technologies • potential designs • prototypingQUTsci-fiscience fictionscientific discoveriesscientific observationsspeculative designsuspend disbeliefwhat if

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Simon Perkins
08 APRIL 2013

The Invisible Inflatable Airbag Bicycle Helmet by Hövding

"Fredrik Gertten profiles two idealistic young female entrepreneurs who created a revolutionary 21st–century design object everyone told them would be impossible to fashion."

(Focus Forward Films, 2012)

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2005 • airbag • Anna Haupt • auto inflatable • bicycle • bicycle helmet • bikebusiness womencollisioncrashcrash testcrashworthinessdesign innovationdesign studentsentrepreneurentrepreneurship • Focus Forward Films • Fredrik Gertten • GE Focus Forward • helmethighway safety • Hovding • industrial design • inflatable airbag bike helmet • invention • invisible bicycle helmet • Lund UniversityMasters studentsproduct designproduct designerprotectionprototyperoad safetysafetysafety by designSwedishtechnical innovation • Terese Alstin • The Swedish Film Institute • WG Film • women designerswomen in art and design

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Simon Perkins
22 OCTOBER 2012

KBU Interior Architecture & Design Student Club

"KBU Interior Architecture and Design (KBUIAD) club is a platform for all KBU IAD students to showcase projects, get updated with the upcoming events in the school and share information and thoughts related to Interior Architecture & Design."

(Chiang Siew Leng, Malaysia)

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Simon Perkins
17 APRIL 2012

Butcher's Hook: three students repurpose an old London butcher's shop to establish their design studio

"Butcher's Hook is (or perhaps that should be will be) a three–member design studio and gallery based in an old butcher's shop in London's Portobello. The studio has been formed by Benio Urbanowicz, James Coltman, Josh Blanchett and Dan Jones, students from Kingston and LLC, all of whom graduate this summer. ...

In order to introduce themselves to the local populace, Butcher's Hook set up a digital display using an old Nintendo Wii remote, custom made Infa–Red yellow pencils, a wireless doorbell, a printer and a few extra ingredients.

'We gave away free art made by the user themselves, with the option to receive a digital copy sent to them,' they say. 'We had a great weekend, where over 150 people got involved, through their own choice... and every single one went home to find our business cards printed on the back of their own masterpiece.'

As well as launching their studio, Butcher's Hook has also entered the project into the D&AD Student Awards in response to the brief Make Your Mark."

Posted by Creative Review, 4 April 2012, 16:13

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2012 • Benio Urbanowicz • BFIbook cover designbusiness incubatorButchers Hook • butchers shop • competitioncreative industriesCreative Review (magazine)custom madeD and AD • Dan Jones • design businessdesign studentsdesign studio • design studio and gallery • digital copy • digital display • DIYemploymententrepreneurshipgraduate bridgegraduate designersgraduatesgraphic designindustry realitiesinfraredinitiative • James Coltman • Josh Blanchett • Kingston University • launching a studio • LLC • local community projects • LondonLondon College of Communication (UAL) • Make Your Mark • new studio • Nintendo Wiipencil • Portobello • real-life studiorepurposingstart-upstudent awardsstudents • walk-in studio • window dressing • wireless doorbe

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Simon Perkins
08 JANUARY 2009

Nottingham Trent University Graphic Design Blog

The blog is published by Nottingham Trent University Graphic Design lectures to provide a common conceptual context for the students' exploration.

Note that this online resource [http://technojungle.co.uk/] which was originally created and maintained by Rob Newton is no longer live.

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