Material Means: ‘Re-Representing’ – important explicit design activity.

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Material Means: ‘Re-Representing’ – important explicit design activity.
Author(s) Eriksen, Mette Agger
Date 2006-08
English abstract
Based on various practical experiences from several interdisciplinary and participatory design (PD) sessions and research projects the paper exemplifies and argues, like many others, that physical working materials - Material Means - can encourage engaging ways of collaborating during intense interdisciplinary and participatory design work. However, the paper rises the question what the Materials really Mean. As an initial analytical framework the terms ‘Materials’, ‘Materializing’, ‘Materialized’ and ‘Re-Representing’ are used to briefly distinguish and discuss different types of ‘Material Means’ used during 3 different types of activities e.g. Working with User insights, Mock-ups & Scenarios and Key Issues. Yet challenging, from a designer’s perspective, the paper argues that most of the ‘Materialized’ outcomes also need to be exposed to activities of explicit ‘Re-Representing’ to seriously get an ongoing life within an iterative design process.
Host/Issue Proceedings of the ninth Participatory Design Conference, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility - CPRS
Volume 2
ISBN 0-9667818-4-8
Pages 89-92
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) re-representing
interdisciplinary collaboration
design work
design materials
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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