Human-Computer Interaction Seminar
Title: Design Fiction
Speaker: Julian Bleecker, Near Future Laboratories
Date: November 10, 2017
Time: 12:30pm - 1:50pm
Location: Gates B01
Design Fiction is the use of prototype objects that tell stories about possible near futures. In the world of storytelling, whether film, narrative, visual or written, the props that fill out the story often say as much about the storyworld as the narrative itself. Design Fiction harnesses this power of props by allowing them to become prototype objects upon which the designed near future world takes on meaning.
Julian Bleecker (PhD) is a designer, engineer and photographer. He is Co-Founder and CTO of OMATA, Inc. He has had a varied career spanning multiple interests with an emphasis on exploring the intersections of creative practice and technology research. During DotCom 1. 0 he helped start-up the New York City office of Organic Online, was in the first cohort of Engineers-in-Residence at Eyebeam Atelier, and has exhibited Design Technology projects at the Walker Art Center, Bitforms Gallery, Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, SK Telecoms Nabi Art Center and was a co-recipient of a project grant from Creative Time NYC in 2003. He was founding faculty at USCs School of Cinematic Arts for four years during which time he founded the design-technology studio Near Future Laboratory. Before co-founding OMATA, he worked for seven years as a Design Lead at Nokias Advanced Design Studio in Los Angeles. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MS in computer-human interaction from the University of Washington, Seattle. He earned his PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz where his doctoral dissertation focused on science, fiction, technology and culture. Despite the degrees, hes been accused of being a trouble-making autodidact.