Co-design

Co-design methods as a form of design ethnography:

-> Co-design: is an approach to design attempting to actively involve all stakeholders (e.g. employees, partners, customers, citizens, end users) in the design process to help ensure the result meets their needs and is usable.

-> the problem with most of the designers is focusing on the facts of the design,  forgetting or underestimating the needs of the end-user.

designers must look to methods from other fields of study to inform their process of inquiry and design solutions.

Proponents of design ethnography suggest that it “extends the cultural panorama” for designers, helping them to understand cultures beyond their own experiences.

-> Method: The designers need to collect information, categorize and apply their findings ( from engagements with community members)  to create a design solution.

-> Benefits: Applying co-design methods as a form of design ethnography serves as a means to collect multiple layers of data that designers can then employ for design inquiry and design solution.

Co-designing with children:

As it has been described by Catalina Naranjo-Bock in her study about “Early engagement in the digital world” that: “Children are naturals for co-designing. In the right context with the right tools, kids have no problem unleashing their wildest ideas and dreams to create previously unimagined product concepts.” this motivated me to read more about working with kids, and what are the positive and negative things about this topic. how to deal with them without any limitations, and preventing to put them in the field of examination. in other words is how to work with them as testers, designers, and informants.

>> References:

– Co-design methods as a form of design ethnography has been retrieved from: http://www.idec.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=4182

– Co-designing with children has been retrieved from: http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2012/04/co-designing-with-children.php

 

 

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