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Anachronistic photo

It is a photograph taken from an existing technology that makes it look like a futuristic technology, usually taken with a macro lens and close framing not to be entirely recognizable. Can be used as a quick Speculative Design exercise or as a Cultural Probe. It is useful for engaging people who are not used to imagining future realities. Text labels or stories can direct the interpretation of the ambiguous images.


Van Amstel, Frederick M. C. and Gonzatto, Rodrigo Freese. (2021). Existential time and historicity in interaction design. Human-Computer Interaction. DOI:

Categories: Methods & Tools.

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