Charlton Heston
Design Fiction
Active Futures.

Scott Smith
Lift@home Toronto | DemoCamp 2019
Made in 1967, from 1963 novel La Planète des Singes by Pierre Boulle
Made in 1971, from 1954 novel I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Made in 1973, from 1966 novel Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison
Now what?
“…Science fiction
does not merely 
anticipate but actively
shapes technological
futures through its effect 
on the collecti...
“Design seeks out ways to
jump over its own conceptual
walls—scenarios, user
observation, brainstorming,
rapid prototyping...
“Design is about the future in a
way similar to science fiction. It
probes imaginatively and
materializes ideas, the way sc...
ACTIVE
= FUTURES
"[I am] a new superstition
entering the unassailable
fortress of forever. I am legend.”
                 -Richard Matheson...
Thank
   You.

ssmith@changeist.com
 www.changeist.com
    @changeist
Design Fiction and Active Futures
Design Fiction and Active Futures
Design Fiction and Active Futures
Design Fiction and Active Futures
Design Fiction and Active Futures
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Design Fiction and Active Futures

  1. 1. Charlton Heston Design Fiction Active Futures. Scott Smith Lift@home Toronto | DemoCamp 2019
  2. 2. Made in 1967, from 1963 novel La Planète des Singes by Pierre Boulle
  3. 3. Made in 1971, from 1954 novel I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  4. 4. Made in 1973, from 1966 novel Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison
  5. 5. Now what?
  6. 6. “…Science fiction does not merely anticipate but actively shapes technological futures through its effect on the collective imagination.” -Paul Dourish and Genevieve Bell, “Resistance is Futile”: Reading Science Fiction Alongside Ubiquitous Computing
  7. 7. “Design seeks out ways to jump over its own conceptual walls—scenarios, user observation, brainstorming, rapid prototyping, critical design, speculative design.” -Bruce Sterling, interactions magazine, May/ June 2009
  8. 8. “Design is about the future in a way similar to science fiction. It probes imaginatively and materializes ideas, the way science fiction materializes ideas, oftentimes through stories.” -Julian Bleecker, Near Future Laboratory “Design Fiction: A Short Essay on Design, Science, Fact and Fiction”
  9. 9. ACTIVE = FUTURES
  10. 10. "[I am] a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. I am legend.” -Richard Matheson, I Am Legend
  11. 11. Thank You. ssmith@changeist.com www.changeist.com @changeist

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