Rich pictures for stakeholder dialogue: A polyphonic picture book

Abigail C. Durrant, David S. Kirk, Wendy Moncur, Kathryn M. Orzech, Robyn Taylor, Diego Trujillo Pisanty

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    We describe the design and use of a 'polyphonic picture book' for engaging stakeholders and research participants with findings from an interdisciplinary project investigating how UK citizens create and manage online identities at three significant life transitions. The project delivered socio-cultural and technical findings to inform policy-making and service innovation for enhancing digital literacy in online self-representation. The picture book presented findings through multi-perspectival, fictional scenarios about experiences of life transition. We describe our use of the book with our stakeholders in five workshop settings and our evaluation of the visual format for fostering stakeholder dialogue around the findings and their transferability. This paper contributes methodological insights about using visual storytelling to scaffold interpretative, dialogical contexts of research engagement.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)122-148
    Number of pages27
    JournalDesign Studies
    Early online date2 Mar 2018
    Publication statusPublished - May 2018


    • Communication
    • Design research
    • Interaction design
    • Interdisciplinarity
    • Picture book

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Architecture
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • General Engineering
    • General Social Sciences
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Artificial Intelligence


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