Date of Award

Spring 6-2-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Industrial Design

Department

Industrial Design

First Advisor

Thomas Thwaites

Second Advisor

Anne Verploegh

Third Advisor

Chris Woebken

Abstract

Dispatches From Planet Nowhere explores how using the tools of fiction can aid and expand User Research and Product Design in the field of Industrial Design. The thesis asks the fundamental question of how imagining other worlds can teach us about our own. Aaron’s belief is that using the lens of fiction, and especially science fiction and fantasy, can give us novel and unique insights into what people hope, fear, and dream about the future. Drawing on the fields of Speculative Design and Future Studies Aaron proposes a new method for gathering user data, and a participatory model for understanding the future we want to build. The thesis book is a collection of writings on key aspects of the process including personal narrative, collaborative writing, and group world building. Finally, the book includes an archive of the stories created in the world building workshops.

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