Diagrams of Uncertainty or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Visual Rhetoric

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Abstract

Design is concerned with uncertain futures. There are a number of methodologies and toolkits for thinking about future possibilities and ways of dealing with uncertainty. Many of these approaches adapt diagrams that were developed in the nineteen fifties by military strategists and futurologists. This provocation critiques the scientistic rhetoric of such diagrams and explores alternate representations of uncertainty, drawing on absurdist art to present a more undisciplined and messier but possibly more realistic representation of uncertainty.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS '24 Companion
Subtitle of host publicationCompanion Publication of the 2024 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
EditorsAnna Vallgårda, Li Jönsson, Jonas Fritsch, Sarah Fdili Alaoui, Christopher A. Le Dantec
Place of PublicationNew York, United States
PublisherACM
Pages111-115
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9798400706325
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2024
EventDIS '24: Designing Interactive Systems Conference - IT University of Copenhagen Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 1 Jul 20245 Jul 2024

Publication series

NameDesigning Interactive Systems Conference
PublisherACM

Conference

ConferenceDIS '24: Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Abbreviated titleDIS '24
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period1/07/245/07/24

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