The Portability of Method in Human-Centered Design
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Design researchers have recently been active in developing new design methods aimed at greatly improving their understanding of people’s subjective felt-experience, and their creativity and values. Although these innovative methods were developed as alternatives to more traditional means, human-centered designers (especially in HCI) have shown a tendency to use a traditional, scientific rationalization when applying them – essentially, “method as recipe.” This dissertation analyzes these misinterpretations of innovative methods and seeks a more constructive way of understanding and describing how they actually work for understanding culture and social action. With the provocative title, Against Method, this book seeks to promote reflection and sensitivity among practitioners, researchers, students and educators in human-centered design