Participatory Design: Principles and Practices

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Douglas Schuler, Aki Namioka
CRC Press, Mar 1, 1993 - Technology & Engineering - 334 pages
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The voices in this collection are primarily those of researchers and developers concerned with bringing knowledge of technological possibilities to bear on informed and effective system design. Their efforts are distinguished from many previous writings on system development by their central and abiding reliance on direct and continuous interaction with those who are the ultimate arbiters of system adequacy; namely, those who will use the technology in their everyday lives and work. A key issue throughout is the question of who does what to whom: whose interests are at stake, who initiates action and for what reason, who defines the problem and who decides that there is one.

The papers presented follow in the footsteps of a small but growing international community of scholars and practitioners of participatory systems design. Many of the original European perspectives are represented here as well as some new and distinctively American approaches. The collection is characterized by a rich and diverse set of perspectives and experiences that, despite their differences, share a distinctive spirit and direction -- a more humane, creative, and effective relationship between those involved in technology's design and use, and between technology and the human activities that motivate the technology.

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A collection of philosophical issues, techniques and case studies concerning participatory design. A main issue throughout the book is the applicability of participatory design outside its specific Scandinavian context of origin, and in particular the differences compared with the US. Read full review


The Hazards of Leaving Out the Users
Workers Unions and New Technology
Towards Participatory Design
On Participation and Skill
Shifting From a Product
Obstacles to Participatory Design in Large Product
Ethnographic Field Methods and Their Relation to Design
Techniques and Experiences From
Democratizing the Dynamics of the Design Session
Reciprocal Evolution as a Strategy for Integrating Basic
An Account
Two Cases of Situated Participatory Design
Starting a Participatory Design Process
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
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A Participatory Technique for System Design

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