What products, systems and services will be appropriate for the year 2020 or 2050 ? Designers and futurologists struggle with such questions. Nevertheless, recent reductions in development times and increases in development costs have made the ability to design for the future an absolutely critical capability.
One design approach which has gained momentum is to trawl the world of science fiction for insights into the interactions between humans and futuristic technologies. Another is to deploy the basic ingredients which make a good science fiction narrative as tools for use by designers.
Science Fiction Prototyping is a practical guide to using fiction as a way to imagine the future. Containing history, examples and conversations with experts, the text provides suggestions regarding how to design science fiction scenarios which can be used for purposes of concept generation or concept evaluation.