Making design probes work

Jayne Wallace, John McCarthy, Peter C. Wright, Patrick Olivier

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    Abstract

    Probes have been adopted with great enthusiasm in both Design and HCI. The heterogeneity with which they have been used in practice reflects how the method has proved elusive for many. Originators and commentators of probes have discussed misinterpretations of the method, highlighting the lack of accounts that describe in detail the design of probes and their use with participants. This paper discusses our particular use of Design Probes as directed craft objects that are both tools for design and tools for exploration across a number of projects, spanning a decade, centered on self-identity and personal significance. In offering an example of what a framework for probe design and use might look like, we attempt to address the identified lacuna, providing a synthetic account of probe design and use over an extended period and conceptualizing the relationship between the properties of probes and their use in design projects.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCHI 2013
    Subtitle of host publicationChanging Perspectives, Conference Proceedings - The 31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Pages3441-3450
    Number of pages10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2013
    EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2013 - Paris, France
    Duration: 27 Apr 20132 May 2013
    Conference number: 31st
    https://chi2013.acm.org/program/

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2013
    Abbreviated titleCHI 2013
    CountryFrance
    CityParis
    Period27/04/132/05/13
    OtherTheme: Changing Perspectives
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    Keywords

    • Craft
    • Design
    • Empathy
    • Interaction design
    • Investment
    • Materiality
    • Probes
    • Reciprocity
    • Trust

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