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Bespoke Booklets: A Method for Situated Co-Speculation

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Audrey Desjardins et al. "Bespoke Booklets: A Method for Situated Co-Speculation." In DIS '19: Proceedings of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference, pp. 697-709. New York, ACM Press, 2019.

Co-authored with Cayla Key, Heidi R. Biggs, and Kelsey Aschenbeck.

Abstract from the webpage for the paper:

We present Bespoke Booklets: a design research method utilizing booklets of situated, imaginary, and personalized conceptual sketches to co-speculatively envision alternative futures (in our case for domestic Internet of Things). The Bespoke Booklets create a space where designers and participants can co-imagine alternative futures while also engaging each other at the level of embodied experiences. After refining our method, we discovered it had many qualities previously championed by feminist HCI and STS
theorists. To this end, we draw out, analyze, and critique our method using feminist concepts as a lens to emphasize four specific qualities: collaborative, post-functional, situated, and partial. We found that the booklets, as material artifacts, were a productive tool to generate a physical record of our co-speculation and a fruitful catalyst for research that reflects feminist theory, offering an example of how it can be used as a heuristic for design methodologies.

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