Using the Product Impact Tool for Prospective Thinking

Thomas Raub, Steven Dorrestijn, Wouter Eggink

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    The ever rising role of products and technologies in humans’ lives is increasing the call for ways to understand and investigate their influences, in the form of prospective analytical methods. This paper proposes one such method, based upon the Product Impact Tool. This Tool was developed to combine both philosophy of technology and design for usability perspectives. Its effects offer potential for prospective and reflective purposes, and can be used to investigate and structure ideas about the impacts of both current and future technologies. The proposed method offers an addition to existing tools within the field of prospective analysis. This added value is demonstrated through a case study of a concept for future personal transport. Through this case study, it is shown that the proposed method can help uncover information that remained hidden by conventional approaches, by inducing a critical investigation of the subject from multiple perspectives. Such information will aid analysts and strategists in their work, leading to more effective, desirable, and responsible technologies being developed and implemented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the biannual Design Research Society conference (DRS)
    Subtitle of host publicationCatalyst
    EditorsChristiano Storni, Keelin Leahy, Muireann McMahon, Peter Lloyd, Erik Bohemia
    Place of PublicationLimerick
    PublisherDesign Research Society
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)2398-3132
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2018
    EventDesign Research Society 2018: Catalyst - University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
    Duration: 25 Jun 201828 Jun 2018
    Conference number: 5


    ConferenceDesign Research Society 2018
    Abbreviated titleDRS 2018
    Internet address


    • Product Impact Tool
    • Philosophy of Technology
    • Design Research
    • Future planning
    • scenario development
    • Strategic thinking
    • Automated driving
    • Future Mobility


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