Against Method: The Portability of Method in Human-Centered Design

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School of Arts, Design and Architecture | Doctoral thesis (article-based) | Defence date: 2012-12-04
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2012
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en
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119 + app. 107
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Aalto University publication series DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS, 95/2012
Abstract
Design researchers have recently been active in developing new design methods aimed at greatly improving their understanding of people’s subjective felt-experience, and their creativity and values. Although these innovative methods were developed as alternatives to more traditional means, human-centered designers (especially in HCI) have shown a tendency to use a traditional, scientific rationalization when applying them – essentially, “method as recipe.” The study analyzes these misinterpretations of innovative methods and seeks a more constructive way of understanding and describing how they actually work for understanding culture and social action. With the provocative title, Against Method, the dissertation seeks to promote reflection and sensitivity among practitioners, researchers, students and educators in human-centered design.
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Keinonen, Turkka, Prof., Aalto University, School of Arts, Design, and Architecture, Finland
Thesis advisor
Lee, Kun-Pyo, Prof. KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), Korea
Koskinen, Ilpo, Prof., Aalto University, Department of Design, Finland
Keywords
felt-experience, creativity, values, human-centered designers, understanding culture, social action
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  • [Publication 1]: Lee, J.J. & Lee, K.P. (2007). Cultural differences and design methods for user experience research: Dutch and Korean participants compared. In I. Koskinen and T. Keinonen (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2007 conference on Designing pleasurable products and interfaces, (pp. 21-34). New York, NY: ACM Press. (Full text of the publication is included in the PDF-file of the dissertation).
  • [Publication 2]: Lee, J.J. & Lee, K.P. (2009). Facilitating dynamics of focus group interviews in East Asia: Evidence and tools by crosscultural study. International Journal of Design, 3(1), 17-28. (Full text of the publication is included in the PDF-file of the dissertation).
  • [Publication 3]: Lee, J.J., Koskinen, I. & Mikkonen, J. (2009). Co-Experience in a cross-cultural notion: Unpacking the effect of culture on users’ social interaction. In Proceedings of IASDR 2009, the 3rd World Conference on Design Research. (Full text of the publication is included in the PDF-file of the dissertation).
  • [Publication 4]: Vaajakallio, K., Lee, J.J. & Mattelmäki, T. (2009). “It has to be a group work!” - Co-design with children. In P. Paolini and F. Garzotto (Eds.), Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, (pp. 246- 249). New York, NY: ACM Press. (Full text of the publication is included in the PDF-file of the dissertation).
  • [Publication 5]: Lee, J.J., Vaajakallio, K., & Mattelmäki, T. (2011). Tracing situated effects of innovative design methods: Inexperienced designers’ practices. In C. J. Hoopers, J.-B. Martens, P. Markopoulos, Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Design, (pp. 103-113). New York, NY: ACM Press. (Full text of the publication is included in the PDF-file of the dissertation).
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