Memory-storming: Externalizing and sharing designers' personal experiences

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Zhang, Xiao; Wakkary, Ron; Maestri, Leah, & Desjardins, Audrey. (2012). Memory-storming: Externalizing and sharing designers' personal experiences. Proceedings of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS '12), 524-533. doi:10.1145/2317956.2318035

Date created: 
2012
Keywords: 
Memory-storming
Design
User-centered design
Interaction design
Storytelling
Sketching
Abstract: 

In this paper, we describe memory-storming, a design technique that combines oral storytelling with sketching to externalize designers’ personal experiences. The proposition behind developing this method is that designers’ personal experiences are a potential design resource that can trigger new design insights and ideas. This paper provides a description of our use of this method, shows how it helped us in our design research, and presents lessons learned. We claim that memory-storming is a design technique that focuses on designers’ personal experiences yet complements the user focus of user-centered design.

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English
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Article
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Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
GRAND NCE
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
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