This space is for work-in-progress with speculative and critical design.
Create a tool to help design and development teams build critical skills to reflect on the political and ethical dimensions of their work.
Critical Loop is a multi-player board game that gives players the chance to think beyond technical specifications and discuss the socio-technical aspects of emerging technologies. It includes a variety of sample objects to consider, along with sets of value and affordance cards to help players consider those objects from different perspectives.
Prototyping began by looking at pre-existing game boards, tokens, and instructions. We sketched out different board game shapes on large sheets of paper, experimenting with rules until a satisfying game began to take shape. Finished elements of the game's graphic design began as small sketches generated during this process. A user testing session gave us feedback on a more refined prototype and led to our final design. The final game includes two decks of cards, a game board, player tokens, and a die that can be printed on a 3d printer.
* This article was co-authored with Kathy Zadrozny. It first appeard in User Experience in Libraries: Yearbook 2017.
** This article first appeard in User Experience in Libraries: Yearbook 2018.