Solutionism, the Game: Design Fictions for Positive Aging

Mark Blythe, Jamie Steane, Jenny Roe, Caroline Oliver

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Abstract

This paper reports a qualitative study of thriving older people and illustrates the findings with design fiction. Design research has been criticized as "solutionist" i.e. solving problems that don't exist or providing "quick fixes" for complex social, political and environmental problems. We respond to this critique by presenting a "solutionist" board game used to generate design concepts. Players are given data cards and technology dice, they move around the board by pitching concepts that would support positive aging. We argue that framing concept design as a solutionist game explicitly foregrounds play, irony and the limitations of technological intervention. Three of the game concepts are presented as design fictions in the form of advertisements for products and services that do not exist. The paper argues that design fiction can help create a space for design beyond solutionism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '15
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherACM
Pages3849-3858
ISBN (Print)9781450331456
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2015
Event33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Seoul
Duration: 1 Jan 2015 → …

Conference

Conference33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Period1/01/15 → …

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