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Books Year : 2014


Nicolas Nova


What do designers mean when they say they’re going to do “ethnography” and “field research”? What are the relationships between observing people and designing products or services? Is there such a thing as a “designerly” way of knowing people? This book is a report from a research project conducted at the Geneva School of Arts and Design (HEAD – Genève) that addressed the role of people-knowing in interaction/media design. It describes the wide breadth of approaches used by designers to frame their work, get inspiration or speculate about plausible futures. This book presents practitioners’ tactics and illustrates them with several cases. Unlike many resources on user-centered design, it takes a broader approach to design by considering cases in which design is not only a problem-solving activity, but a tool to speculate about the near future, reformulate problems or propose a critical discourse on society. In doing so, this book helps de- signers, students and consultants to challenge their own perceptions and update their approaches.
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Nicolas Nova (Dir.). BEYOND DESIGN ETHNOGRAPHY: How Designers Practice Ethnographic Research. SHS Publishing, 2014, 978-8-89-075944-4. ⟨halshs-01514264⟩


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