Making Design Probes Work

Jayne Wallace, John McCarthy, Peter Wright, Patrick Olivier

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Probes have been adopted with great enthusiasm in both Design and HCI. The heterogeneity with which they have been used in practice reflects how the method has proved elusive for many. Originators and commentators of probes have discussed misinterpretations of the method, highlighting the lack of accounts that describe in detail the design of probes and their use with participants. This paper discusses our particular use of Design Probes as directed craft objects that are both tools for design and tools for exploration across a number of projects, spanning a decade, centered on self-identity and personal significance. In offering an example of what a framework for probe design and use might look like, we attempt to address the identified lacuna, providing a synthetic account of probe design and use over an extended period and conceptualizing the relationship between the properties of probes and their use in design projects.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013
EventCHI 2013 (ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems) - Paris
Duration: 28 Apr 2013 → …


ConferenceCHI 2013 (ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems)
Period28/04/13 → …
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