Thursday, 24 September 2009

25.9. Who is the user?

At present the world of design and business abound with user-centered design and methods developed for studying with and for the users.

We can talk about our experiences with user-centered design - and methods we have used, e.g. cultural probes like Gaver's Presence project. And what is the significance of practices?

We also did an exercise of mapping practices around a certain theme that involved a potential design issue: coffee machines, doors, micro-wave ovens.

And went through some approaches to practices by Michel De Certeau (Practices of Everyday Things), Aristoteles (The Nichomachean Ethics) and Paolo Virno (Quando il verbo si fa carne/ When word becomes flesh).

Motto being A. Einstein's: "You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created."

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