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The Early Shaping of Participatory Design at PDC

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  • Ditte Amund Basballe
  • ,
  • Kim Halskov
  • Nicolai Brodersen Hansen

For 25 years the Participatory Design Conference (PDC) has been concerned with the understanding and development of Participatory Design in theory and practice. The main contribution of this paper is an informed understanding of how the participatory design tradition formed the early PDC community and how the PDC community's understanding of PD developed during the 90s. The paper presents an inquiry into the recurrent, fundamental aspects of participatory design, namely: politics, context, product, people, and method. Using politics as our point of departure the paper elucidates how the core aspects were shaped and developed during the first decade of PDC. The paper thereby establishes a basis for advancing how interaction design researchers position and discuss their research in relation to the roots of participatory design at PDC. In the papers concluding remarks we suggest how contemporary researchers can build on, challenge, and fill in gaps in the PDC community's understanding of PD.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPDC 2016 : Participatory Design in an Era of Participation - Proceedings of the 14th Participatory Design Conference; Short Papers, Interactive Exhibitions, Workshops
EditorsClaus Bossen, Rachel Charlotte Smith , Anne Marie Kanstrup , Liesbeth Huybrechts, John Vines, Keld Bødker
Number of pages4
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2016
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-4136-3
ISBN (electronic)9781450341363
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventParticipatory Design Conference - Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 15 Aug 201619 Aug 2016
Conference number: 14


ConferenceParticipatory Design Conference

    Research areas

  • Fundamental aspects, History of PDC, Participatory design

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