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Expecting the unexpected in participatory design

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  • Aurora Constantin, University of Edinburgh
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  • Jerry Alan Fails, Boise State University
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  • Judith Good, University of Sussex
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  • Eva Eriksson
  • Jessica Korte, University of Queensland
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  • Cristina Adriana Alexandru, University of Edinburgh
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  • Dragomir Mihaela Dragomir, University of Edinburgh
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  • Helen Pain, University of Edinburgh
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  • Franca Garzotto, Polytechnic University of Milan
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  • Annalu Waller, University of Dundee

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 publicationExtended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Number of pages4
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2 May 2019
Article numberSIG07
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2019
Event2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2019 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019


Conference2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2019
LandUnited Kingdom

    Research areas

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

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