Values-led Participatory Design as a pursuit of meaningful alternatives

Tuck Wah Leong, Ole Sejer Iversen

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Participatory Design (PD) is inherently concerned with inquiring into and supporting human values when designing IT. We argue that a PD approach that is led by a focus upon participants' values can allow participants to discover meaningful alternatives -- alternative uses and alternative conceptualizations for IT that are particularly meaningful to them. However, how PD works with values in the design process has not been made explicit. In this paper, we aim to (i) explicate this values-led PD approach, (ii) illustrate how this approach can lead to outcomes that are meaningful alternatives, and (iii) explain the nature of meaningful alternatives. We use a PD case study to illustrate how we work with participants in a values-led PD approach towards meaningful alternatives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOzCHI '15 : Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction
EditorsBernd Ploderer, Marcus Carter, Martin Gibbs, Wally Smith, Frank Vetere
Number of pages10
Place of publicationNew York, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date7 Dec 2015
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3673-4
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2015
EventOzchi - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 7 Dec 201510 Dec 2015




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