Expecting the Unexpected in Participatory Design

Aurora Constantin, Jessica Korte, Jerry Alan Fails, Cristina Adriana Alexandru, Mihaela Dragomir, Helen Pain, Judith Good, Franca Garzotto, Eva Eriksson, Annalu Waller

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Participatory Design (PD) provides unique benefits in designing technology with and for specific target audiences. However, it can also be an intensive and difficult process, with unexpected situations which can arise at any stage. In this Special Interest Group (SIG), we propose that PD researchers may exchange “war stories” about their unexpected and difficult experiences with PD. This will facilitate reflective discussions and the identification of possible solutions, and enable future PD research to plan for similar situations, thereby making difficulties a little less unexpected.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationExtended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359719
ISBN (Print)9781450359719
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2019
EventCHI 2019: Weaving the Threads of CHI - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


ConferenceCHI 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • Co-design
  • Difficulties
  • PD
  • Participatory Design
  • Unexpected

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software

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