A study on the role of representational artefacts and actions in interaction design: Sketching as an embodied practice

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Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 31/12/2012
Funding: 4996000 SEK


We will study processes involved in the creation of design representations, more in particular the role that representational tools and action play in that process. This question has become increasingly relevant in the field of interaction design (ID) since design representations have a key role in the practical work, the outcomes of it and in ID curriculum. Tools used in creation of design representations have limited power to represent the essentials of what is focused, namely interaction itself with its dynamic and temporal aspects. Further, ID is often about proposing novel ideas about future interaction and the lack of conventions, tools, etc often lead to misunderstandings and a need for continuous negotiation. The project will study what role representational tools and action (designers´ design oriented actions) play in processes of sketching, and the misunderstandings and problems designers run into and how these are overcome. The complex manner in how interaction is planned is not well researched and not addressed in study programs. Also, education and practice of ID present a gap between theoretically oriented study programs and a largely atheoretical practice of ID. Furthering our understanding regarding these issues have consequences for how to conceptualize, think about and develop support for collaborative design practice as well as for design education. Results also contribute to the field of research on the role of external representations in learning.

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