Understanding the Role of Designers’ Personal Experiences in Interaction Design Practice

Peer reviewed: 
Yes, item is peer reviewed.
Scholarly level: 
Faculty/Staff
Final version published as: 

Zhang, Xiao; Wakkary, Ron. Understanding the Role of Designers’ Personal Experiences in Interaction Design Practice. Proceedings of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS '14), 895-904.

Date created: 
2014
Keywords: 
Interaction design practice
Designers' personal experiences
Abstract: 

Using designers’ personal experiences in interaction design practice is often questioned in a predominantly rationalist practice like HCI and professional interaction design. Perhaps for this reason, little work has been conducted to investigate how designers’ personal experiences can contribute to technology design. Yet it’s undeniable designers have applied their personal experiences to their design practice and also benefited from such experiences. This paper reports on a multiple case study that looks at how interaction designers worked with their personal experiences in three industrial interaction design projects, thus calling for the need to explicitly recognize the legitimacy of using and better support of the use of designers’ personal experiences in interaction design practice. In this study, a designer’s personal experiences refer to the collections of his/her individual experiences derived from his/her direct observation or past real-life events and activities, as well as his/her interaction with design artifacts and systems whether digital or not.

Language: 
English
Document type: 
Article
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Sponsor(s): 
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
GRAND NCE
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
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