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.

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Design > Interaction Research Studio
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10 May 2011Published

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Vancouver, Canada

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30 Nov 2011 11:20

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09 Feb 2021 15:05


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