Design for the Speculative Future as Cultural Intermediary: Case Study on Chinese Weddings

Fangzhou Dong, Xin Shen, Sara Sterling, Kenny K.N. Chow

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Abstract

ABSTRACT This paper explores the intersection of culture and design, examining the practice of design for the speculative future through the lens of cultural activities. Several domains of design, including product design and service design, are interpreted as cultural activities. Through mixed methods of research for, through, and about design, this paper proposes design for the speculative future as speculative cultural intermediary. Three design projects are included to support the findings and describe the four stages: decoding culture, speculating meanings, encoding meanings, and design as speculative culture. This paper will contribute to developing a cultural design methodology covering these four stages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-111
Number of pages23
JournalDesign and Culture
Volume15
Issue number1
Early online date24 Oct 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023

Keywords

  • Chinese wedding
  • cultural intermediary
  • design and culture
  • design for the speculative future
  • speculative design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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