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Designing SciberPunks as Future Personas for More than Human Design

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Publication Details

Authors: Wolff Annika, Knutas Antti, Pässilä Anne, Lautala Joni, Kantola Lasse, Vainio Teija

Publication year: 2021

Language: English

Related journal or series: ACM SIGCHI annual conference on human factors in computing systems

Title of parent publication: CHI EA '21: Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

eISBN: 978-1-4503-8095-9

JUFO level of this publication: 2

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3411763.3443443

Permanent website address: https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3411763.3443443

Open Access: Open Access publication

Location of the parallel saved publication: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi-fe2021052030887


In this case study we describe the evolution of a new method for creating future personas, called SciberPunks, for use in sustainable city design scenarios. SciberPunks channel the voice of the environment and have special abilities for feeling and expressing data, such as the ability to taste it, or communicate it through living tattoos on the skin. The aim was to examine how environmental data could act as a bridge between people and nature, to encourage empathy towards ’more-than-human’ perspectives. We engaged 5 participants in activities designed to lead them through a process of engaging with information and data in the process of building their personas. The activities utilised arts-based methods as we were interested in the experiential aspects of engaging with data and how we might foster creative and sensory experiences with it. Activities included drawing, writing and performing and were framed by a single story that took participants on a journey through time: past, present and future. Activities took place online, due to COVID-19. Overall, participants produced 5 characters, including a shaman, a shape-shifter and a fairy, all with special skills for connecting to nature and/or to each other.

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