Seeding the design process for future problems

Peter Newman, Stephen Forshaw, Will Simm, Maria Angela Ferrario, Jon Whittle, Adrian Friday

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Designing with the community brings about a number of benefits, including tacit and contextual knowledge about the problem domain; this is especially apparent in rural settings. However, designing for problems that have yet to embed themselves in the fabric of society (i.e. future problems) poses a number of challenges, as they typically present intangible scenarios and concepts that have yet to be experienced by the wider-community. Using the OnSupply project as a case study, we share our experience in working with the Tiree community to address a future problem through a technology-mediated enquiry. Furthermore, we present a novel process that uses creative workshops augmented with physical artefacts to inform and learn from the community about a problem space, and to seed the design of a system that addresses it.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Centered Software Engineering
Subtitle of host publication5th IFIP WG 13.2 International Conference, HCSE 2014 Paderborn, Germany, September 16-18, 2014 Proceedings
EditorsStefan Sauer, Cristian Bogdan, Peter Forbrig, Regina Bernhaupt, Marco Winckler
Place of PublicationHeidelberg Germany
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783662448113
ISBN (Print)9783662448106
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human-Centered Software Engineering 2014 - Paderborn, Germany
Duration: 16 Sept 201418 Sept 2014
Conference number: 5th

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human-Centered Software Engineering 2014
Abbreviated titleHCSE 2014
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  • Creative workshop
  • Design
  • Future problem
  • User-driven

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