Transforming the complexity of a theoretical framework into an experiental design methodology for designers

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Abstract

In design, a wide range of design tools and techniques that are derived from theoretical frameworks have been developed. However, there are only a few that consider the perceptual qualities involved in interaction. Although existing tools are widely adopted, designer’s need for considering theoretical notions of ecological perception (Gibson, 1986), embodied interaction (Dourish, 2011) and affordances (Gibson, 1986; Norman, 1988; Hartson, 2003) has not been addressed in the context of design tools. This paper describes the development of an experiential design method card system based on the Interaction Frogger framework (Wensveen, 2004). The design method card supports designers to better understand the perceptual qualities of interaction design and convey this knowledge into their design processes. First, we introduce various theoretical frameworks that deal with perceptual qualities within interaction design, particularly focusing on the Interaction Frogger framework. Consequently, we investigate how a complex theoretical framework can be translated into practice utilising a design tool, by examining a case study of developing a set of design method cards. This set of method cards was examined by means of focus group sessions with design researchers and redesign exercises with designers and design students from various backgrounds. Throughout the redesign exercise, the experiential nature of the method cards system helped designers and design students to gain insights into perceptual information exchanges that emerge between objects and users. Furthermore, the method cards gave them a systematic platform for these insights to be reapplied into their design process. Overall, the design method card system provides opportunities for design practitioners, researchers, and students to explore perceptual qualities within the interaction design space and further an opportunity to utilize theoretical knowledge in a practical design process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication11th European Academy of Design Conference, April 22-24 2015, Paris, France
Pages1-14
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event11th International Conference of the European Academy of Design (EAD 11), April 22-24, 2015, Paris, France - Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France
Duration: 22 Apr 201524 Apr 2015
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Conference11th International Conference of the European Academy of Design (EAD 11), April 22-24, 2015, Paris, France
Abbreviated titleEAD 15
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period22/04/1524/04/15
Other"The Value of Design Research"
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Hur, Y., & Bruns, M. (2015). Transforming the complexity of a theoretical framework into an experiental design methodology for designers. In 11th European Academy of Design Conference, April 22-24 2015, Paris, France (pp. 1-14)