Speculative Science for Design Fiction

Parsons School of Design: Art, Media & Technology

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Spec Science for Des Fiction

Spring 2021

Taught By: Sibel Guler

Section: A

CRN: 8449

Credits: 3

How do we design for the future? Designers are often setting standards for aesthetics, interactions, and utilities; how can these standards make design feel futuristic? In this course we will examine tools, methodologies, and themes of design fiction. We will draw inspiration from facts and myths with an emphasis on speculative science to stretch our imaginations to the furthest limits of the past and future. We will compare different interdisciplinary methods like citizen science and science fiction to understand how they can be used in this field. Classes will be filled with discussions and presentations where students will be expected to defend their visions of a near or distant imaginary world. Assignments will include readings and films that can inform our understanding of how to forecast and design for the future as well as short prototyping exercises. Throughout the semester students will work on two research projects to develop their own future product systems for their imaginary world. The research projects will take the form of a detailed narrative as well as physical prototypes.

Open to: Masters degree in Design and Technology majors only; other graduate students by permission of Design and Technology program.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:57am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/21/2021 - 5/6/2021