Making Design Probes Work

Jayne Wallace, John McCarthy (Contributing member), Peter C. Wright (Contributing member), Patrick Olivier (Contributing member)

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    Probes have been adopted with great enthusiasm in both Design and HCI. The heterogeneity with which they have been used in practice reflects how the method has proved elusive for many. Originators and commentators of probes have discussed misinterpretations of the method, highlighting the lack of accounts that describe in detail the design of probes and their use with participants. This paper discusses our particular use of Design Probes as directed craft objects that are both tools for design and tools for exploration across a number of projects, spanning a decade, centered on self-identity and personal significance. In offering an example of what a framework for probe design and use might look like, we attempt to address the identified lacuna, providing a synthetic account of probe design and use over an extended period and conceptualizing the relationship between the properties of probes and their use in design projects.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCHI '13
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    EditorsWendy E. Mackay, Stephen Brewster, Susanne Bodker
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1899-0
    Publication statusPublished - May 2013
    EventCHI2013: Changing Perspectives - Paris, France
    Duration: 27 Apr 20132 May 2013


    ConferenceCHI2013: Changing Perspectives


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