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Making Spaces: how design workbooks work

Gaver, William. 2011. Making Spaces: how design workbooks work. pp. 1551-1560. [Article]

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In this paper, I discuss design workbooks, collections of design proposals and related materials, both as a method for design and as a design methodology. In considering them as a method, I describe a number of examples of design workbooks we have developed in our studio and describe some of the practical techniques we have used in developing them. More fundamentally, I discuss design workbooks as embodiments of a methodological approach which recognises that ideas may emerge slowly over time, that important issues and perspectives may emerge from multiple concrete ideas, potentially generated by multiple members of a team, rather than being theory-driven, and that maintaining the provisionality and vagueness of early proposals can be useful in supporting a quasi-participatory design approach that allows participants to interpret, react to and elaborate upon the ideas they present.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number (DOI): 10.1145/1978942.1979169
Departments, Centres and Research Units: Design
Design > Interaction Research Studio
Research Office > REF2014
Event Location: Vancouver, Canada
Item ID: 6226
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2011 11:20
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 15:25
URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/6226
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