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Participatory Design

Synthesis Lectures on Human-Centered Informatics

Susanne Bødker​‌
Aarhus University, Denmark
Christian Dindler​‌
Aarhus University, Denmark
Ole S. Iversen​‌
Aarhus University, Denmark
Rachel C. Smith​‌
Aarhus University, Denmark


This book introduces Participatory Design to researchers and students in Human–Computer Interaction (HCI). Grounded in four strong commitments, the book discusses why and how Participatory Design is important today. The book aims to provide readers with a practical resource, introducing them to the central practices of Participatory Design research as well as to key references. This is done from the perspective of Scandinavian Participatory Design. The book is meant for students, researchers, and practitioners who are interested in Participatory Design for research studies, assignments in HCI classes, or as part of an industry project. It is structured around 11 questions arranged in 3 main parts that provide the knowledge needed to get started with practicing Participatory Design. Each chapter responds to a question about defining, conducting, or the results of carrying out Participatory Design. The authors share their extensive experience of Participatory Design processes and thinking by combining historical accounts, cases, how-to process descriptions, and reading lists to guide further readings so as to grasp the many nuances of Participatory Design as it is practiced across sectors, countries, and industries.

Table of Contents: Preface / Part I: Participatory Design: Definition and History / Can You Define Participatory Design for Me? / What is Participatory Design? / What Can We Learn from the History of Participatory Design? / When and Where Is Participatory Design Done? / Part II: The Participatory Design Toolbox / What Are the Activities and Methods of Participatory Design? / What Are the Tools nd Materials of Participatory Design? / How Is Participatory Design Organized / How Does One Get Started on Participatory Design and Stay on Track? / Part III: Participatory DesignResults / What Are the Results of Participatory Design? / How Does One Sustain Participatory Design Initiatives? / Why Is Participatory Design Important Today? / Bibliography / Authors' Biographies

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