In April 2016 I was invited to speak at the Interface Politics Conference held at BAU, Design College of Barcelona. The conference was an opportunity to debate speculative design as a tactic for socio technical interfaces.
The overriding theme throughout the manifesto is the idea of revealing something that is hidden from the user. From the point of view of the average technology consumer, there is an assumption that the user interface has their best interests at heart and exists solely to aid them from point a to point b. Our trust has the potential to be exploited by an interface with ulterior motives – hiding in plain sight. Speculative design offers a toolkit to interrogate the political, social and cultural landscape in which user interfaces exist. Speculative design could be the catalyst to a cultural re-think, stimulating more open and collaborative interface creation.