Underdogs and superheroes: Designing for new players in public space

Mazé, Ramia and Jacobs, M. (2003) Underdogs and superheroes: Designing for new players in public space. In: User aspects of ICTs conference, 3-6 Sept 2003, Helsinki, Finland.

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We are exploring methods for participatory and public involvement of new 'players' in the design space. Underdogs & Superheroes involves a game-based methodology – a series of creative activities or games – in order to engage people experientially, creatively, and personally throughout the design process. We have found that games help engage users’ imaginations by representing reality without limiting expectations to what's possible here and now; engaging experiential and personal perspectives (the 'whole' person); and opening the creative process to hands-on user participation through low/no-tech materials and a widely-understood approach. The methods are currently being applied in the project Underdogs & Superheroes, which aims to evolve technological interventions for personal and community presence in local public spaces.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID Code:3641
Deposited By:Ramia Maze
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009
Last Modified:02 Aug 2016 13:46

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