Fabulation as an Approach for Design Futuring

Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard, Nadia Campo Woytuk, Noura Howell, Vasiliki Tsaknaki, Karey Helms, Tom Jenkins, Pedro Sanches

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Envisioning alternative futures and desirable worlds is a core element of design that must be cultivated, especially when a deep transition of practices, values, and power is necessary for vibrant and just future lifeworlds. In this paper, we contribute towards fabulation as an approach for design futuring that foregrounds feminist commitments and more-than-human concerns. Analyzing two fabulation case studies around biodata and bodily fluids, we offer three themes based on our process of developing these fabulations: how they engage materials, how they work to trouble temporalities, and how they cultivate imagination. We argue for the emerging potential of fabulation as an approach for open-ended, joyful design futuring, mobilizing speculative storytelling to foreground absent or neglected relations when imagining alternative lifeworlds.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesigning Interactive Systems (DIS '23)
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date10 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2023
EventDesigning Interactive Systems Conference - Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, United States
Duration: 10 Jul 202314 Jul 2023
Conference number: 2023


ConferenceDesigning Interactive Systems Conference
LocationCarnegie Mellon University
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • Fabulation
  • Design Futuring
  • Critical Feminist Technoscience
  • Research through Design


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