Hephaestus and the senses

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The need for transformative collaboration among cross-disciplinary stakeholders is becoming paramount since the complexity of designing (intelligent) systems, products and services has increased rapidly the last decade. Inspired by phenomenology, pragmatism and embodied cognition, we explore how we can use embodiment and skilful coping to connect people and to catalyse a constructive design "conversation" among people with different backgrounds (Hummels, 2012). During a two-weeks workshop with Master students at the Department of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology, we developed six different interactive Engagement Probes: open, creative and playful tools aimed at engaging people in a design process more concrete and effective than a brainstorm session. These Engagement Probes have been validated in a five-hour workshop Hephaestus and the Senses, in which 80 participants from different background have used them as a mean to ignite their design process. Every team started to meet and getting to know each other in a playful way using their bodies through one of the Engagement Probes. Thereupon, they designed and prototyped in teams of 4-6 persons, an artefact for citizens to socially connect through their senses. The results of the workshop show that the Probes stimulate engagement, help people to get familiar and connect in a short period of time, and inspire and boost a design process with an emphasis on embodiment and tangibility (Trotto and Hummels, 2013).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '13), 27 April - 2 May 2013, Paris, France
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1952-2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event31st Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2013 - Paris, France
Duration: 27 Apr 20132 May 2013
Conference number: 31


Conference31st Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2013
Abbreviated titleCHI 2013
Other"Changing Perspectives"
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