An Argument for Design Space Reflection

Graham Dove, Kim Halskov, Nicolai Brodersen Hansen

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We argue that documenting, revisiting and reflecting on the design space of a project provides three important benefits. First it increases our awareness of the constraints introduced by particular design choices. Second, this qualifies our understanding of the way a design space has been filtered by design activities. Third we are prompted to challenge these constraints and reconsider disregarded opportunities. To support this argument, we revisit key activities from two projects in our interaction design lab’s portfolio, selected because of the detailed documentation available. We also introduce SnapShot, the web-based tool we are developing for this method of design space reflection. Based on these examples, we present a critical discussion and outline areas of future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction : Game-Changing Design, NordiCHI 2016
EditorsWolmet Barendregt , Mohammad Obaid
Number of pages10
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date27 Oct 2016
Article numbera17
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4763-1
ISBN (Electronic)9781450347631
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2016
EventNordiCHI - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 23 Oct 201627 Oct 2016


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  • Design space
  • design documentation
  • reflective practice


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