Embodied design ideation methods: Analysing the power of estrangement

Danielle Wilde, Anna Vallgårda, Oscar Tomico

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    Embodied design ideation practices work with relationships between body, material and context to enliven design and research potential. Methods are often idiosyncratic and - due to their physical nature - not easily transferred. This presents challenges for designers wishing to develop and share techniques or contribute to research. We present a framework that enables designers to understand, describe and contextualise their embodied design ideation practices in ways that can be understood by peers, as well as those new to embodied ideation. Our framework - developed over two conference workshops - provides a frame for discussion of embodied design actions that leverage the power of estrangement. We apply our framework to eight embodied design ideation methods. Our contribution is thus twofold: (1) a framework to understand and leverage the power of estrangement in embodied design ideation, and (2) an inspirational catalogue demonstrating the diversity of ideas that embodied design ideation methods can foster. Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Publication rights licensed to ACM.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCHI 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Subtitle of host publicationExplore, Innovate, Inspire
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450346559
    Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2017
    Event35th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2017 - Colorado Convention Center, Denver, United States
    Duration: 6 May 201711 May 2017
    Conference number: 35
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    Conference35th Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2017
    Abbreviated titleCHI 2017
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    Internet address


    • Design methods
    • Design research
    • Disruption
    • Embodiment
    • Estrangement
    • Ideation


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