söndag 11 oktober 2015

Post-seminar 5

For this seminar I prepared by reading the material, choosing two different papers to analyze as well as attending all the lectures.

The first lecture was by professor Haibo Li about design research. Not too much of the lecture was donned to theory behind design research, but had a more practical approach to design research without really touching on why and when design research is a good choice. Instead he focused on the practicalities and with an approach more related to entrepreneurship than research.

The second lecture that we had was more informative on the subject, but also a little harder to grasp since the lecturer hadn’t had time to prepare something. However I felt that the lecture was quite illuminating on the subject. Before the lecture I saw potential in prototyping for research but gained a deeper understanding at the lecture. The lecturer put a big emphasis on design research being design to shape a prototype to search for answers. That we shape a controlled condition that we can then investigate. And in design research it is the process that is the empirical data.

The lecturer also pointed to something I find very interesting, that design in research is a very powerful tool because it allows you to create new scenarios and alternative behaviors that we can observe and interact with. Another interesting thing he dwelled on was the difference between design in general and in research. Here he proposed that we need analysis to make it into research in order to gain knowledge, and that we use design to analyze problems. But in order to do so we need to be fully aware if why we design and not lose track of the specific answer we’re looking for.

Yet another thing he brought up which I feel is very important is the common misconception that it isn’t real research if you try the prototype yourself, but that you need other people to try it. However that is not true, using it yourself can of course lead to new insights. It’s also related to what we’ve said in previous seminars about sample population, they don’t have to be random in every way, they need to be relevant for the study. So if they have attributes that may mess up answers, they should be excluded. In the same way you as a tester can be relevant and bring new insights when using your own prototype.

13 kommentarer:

  1. I think you did a great job in deducting messages of value for design research and for prototypes. In particular, you get back to original questions of the pre-theme, for instance, answering where the difference lies between design research and design in general – this also got me thinking about this again. Your steps of thought are easy to understand and establish good arguments throughout your text. Reading through your pre-post on this topic, I find specifically interesting what options of assembly you had mentioned, which reminded me of market research used in advertising or marketing. Really good work!

    SvaraRadera
  2. Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts. I found the different steps for design research in the first lecture really interesting - especially the case of the hungry bear which I think is a good reminder or example of this step along the design research.As far as I understood the second lecture a prototype is mostly to gain knowledge. Well done!

    SvaraRadera
  3. Hi!
    Even though the second lecturer wasn’t very well prepared because of the last minute rescheduling, the differences between the Haibo and his lecture were interesting and together they managed to cover different viewpoints on design research where Haibo focused on business and entrepreneurship, and Anders focused more on scientific design research for the sake of knowledge production. Even though the lectures were very different I realized that even though design research may differ based on what incentives the researcher have (extrinsic or intrinsic) the fundamentals are the same, and should be focused on problem definition, rather than problem solution. You provide a great reflective summary of the lectures and it seemed as if you’ve learned a lot on design research. Keep up the good work!

    SvaraRadera
  4. Hey Ducky!
    Seems like you enjoyed this weeks lectures and learned a thing or two. It would be interesting if you compared the two lectures. I thought that Haibo's lecture was more practical, just as you pointed out, and more connected to the real world. While the second lecture talked about design research from an academic point of view. I think that both perspectives are equally important.

    SvaraRadera
  5. Hi,
    You write a great post reflection for this week theme. I agree with you said that the first lecture was mainly focus on the practical part to introduct how to desigh research and the second lecture used more academic overview to explain the prototype in the research. However the first lecture makes me to get more understanding than the second one cause many example the teacher used are very interesting and helpful for me to understand the contents more easier. Fortunately i got more knowledge from the second lecture with your post, i should say thank you for that. I think both of the two lectures can help us in a great way for our future works. Thanks again, good work!

    SvaraRadera
  6. Hi!
    Interesting blog post. I like how you brought up that in design research it is the process that is the empirical data. I think this is important since you often talk about how gathering data in forms of observation or answers is the actual data, but here it's about the process and a different kind of learning and gaining knowledge.

    I would argue that it isn't research if you try out a prototype yourself without others as well, but trying it out yourself is necessary in the proccess of making research. It is knowledge in itself, as you point out. Regardless of what study you do, you probably want more than just one person participating.

    Good job with this theme! I think you did a good reflection.

    SvaraRadera
  7. Hi!
    Intresting blogpost. I find it really intresting what you are saying about sample population. And I agree that we sometimes might not need a big and random choosen population. However in some cases it might be beneficial. But sometimes I it might be good to actually have a small and homogenus population, it all depends on what you investigate. I think this connects to what the seminar leader said during the last seminar "Anything goes" and if you are aware of your studys weaknesses etc I belive anything goes.

    SvaraRadera
  8. Good reflection, you've summarized the concepts of this week in a good way, this because I missed half of the first lecture and the whole second lecture. I agree that trying out a prototype yourself of course leads to new insigths. You might be a part of the target group so why would it not in that case? Even so, not being in a target group can give quite un-biased feedback based on the new experience.

    Keep it up!

    SvaraRadera
  9. Hi!

    You have made an interesting and well written blog posts about the theme 5. I think that you in your description goes into the most important key concept, such as, prototype and design research and explains them in a tangible and thoughtful way. You also emphasise what you learned from our two lectures which shows that you understand the important part from theme 5. Well done!

    /Paul

    SvaraRadera
  10. Thanks for sharing us with your thoughts! Your thinking was very impressive. You get a good understanding on the two lectures, and I enjoyed reading through your reflections. Good job!

    SvaraRadera
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