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SUPPORTING REFLECTION IN AND ON DESIGN PROCESSES

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DIS 2012 Workshop

12th June, 2012, Newcastle, UK

Deadline for submission: March 5, 2012.

www.reflection.projects.cavi.dk

 

This workshop is unconventional in that participants must commit to capturing and documenting a design process for a period in time in order to participate.

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THEME

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A substantial amount of interaction design research addresses design techniques and report and reflect on experiences from using a specific design technique. While this research can yield valuable insights into concrete events and approaches, they seldom account for what happens in the larger frame of the entire design process. In this workshop, we wish to explore how design processes extending longer periods of time, weeks to several months, can be captured and documented, how this data can be analysed, and what types of research insights such work can yield.  Such insights may concern how ideas emerge, how design concepts are manifested in different forms, how interaction between different participants and stakeholders unfold, etc.

The challenges for reflection on design processes is further challenged by the facts that design researchers often take on a double role of serving as both designers and researchers at different points of time in a process, especially if they adopt a research through design approach.

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GOAL

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The goal of the workshop is to advance the practical and theoretical understanding of documenting and reflecting on design processes. The workshop seeks to explore how to capture salient aspects of design through the use of structuring tools and techniques.

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ACTIVITIES BEFORE THE WORKSHOP

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In order to participate, interested parties must therefore do the following:

1)    Submit a proposal (1-2 pages) describing the design process to be documented, the project or institutional/organizational frame (e.g. at which institution or company is it carried out and what partners are involved), the focus of the documentation (for instance, how design concepts arise and are manifested through the project, how collaboration unfolds, how sources of inspiration inform the design process), and the tools and strategy for documenting the project.

2)    Upon acceptance, the prospective participants must then document the design process as outlined in their proposals for a period of 1-2 months. This work forms the empirical data for the workshop.

During the past two years, the workshop organizers have developed a web-based system for documenting design processes. We invite prospective participants to try out this system, tentatively and quite unimaginatively named the Process Reflection Tool (PRT). This system is structured around events and notes, which are input by design project participants and chronologically stored in a shared project site. Prospective participants will be given their own project site in the system if they so desire, or they may choose to use a different system for capturing the design process.

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TO PARTICIPATE

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Submit before 5th March 2012 a proposal (1-2 pages in the DIS 2012 template, http://dis2012.org/dis2012format.doc) described in item 1 in the section ’Activities – before workshop’ above.

Mail proposal to: [log in to unmask]

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IMPORTANT DATES

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Workshop submission deadline: 5th March 2012

Feedback to authors: 12th March 2012

Date of workshop: 12th June 2012

Website: reflection.projects.cavi.dk

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ORGANIZERS

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Kim Halskov: CAVI, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Peter Dalsgaard: CAVI, Aarhus University, Denmark

Steve Harrison, Center for Human-Computer Interaction, Virginia Tech, US.

 



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