The adequate design of ethnographic outputs for practice: some explorations of the characteristics of design resources
Tim Diggins, Peter Tolmie
The community of \"appliance design\" rests generally upon a successful use of multidisciplinary user-centred design and often draws on an ethnographic component. Much has been made of the need for a multidisciplinary team and of the difficulties of making good use of ethnographic outputs in such a team.
Discussions often centre upon the precise placement of the boundary between ethnography and design and the possibilities of hybridisation of these disciplines. Another way of looking at the issues of multidisciplinary teams is to look at the nature of the representational devices used to encapsulate and aid the communication of the ethnographic work in coherent and useful ways. Taking lessons from existing desing practice we look at how such representational devices actually work and propose some possible features important in the realisation of future best practices.
1AD: Frist International Conference on Appliance Design, Bristol, UK May 6-8, 2003.
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