Designer Interaction with Informal Collections of Visual Material


Rector Magnificus
Prof. dr. P.J. Stappers
Prof. J.M. Hennessey
Prof. dr. J.P.L. Schoormans
Prof. dr. ir. J.B.O.S. Martens
Prof. dr. B. Laurel
Prof. G. Crampton Smith
Prof. dr. K.P. Lee


Defence on November 11, 2005 at 10:30 AM in the Senate Room of the Aula. At 10:00 AM a short presentation of the key findings.
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The thesis refers to this page specifically for questionnaires, aggregated data or other specifications that can enable other researchers to repeat an experiment or analyze the data separately. On this page several files in PDF, image or excel format are presented, divided in the different chapters of the book.

Chapter 2: Theoretical Framework

This was the instruction set given to the experts to get them going with the Mind Mapping technique: Resulting mindmaps:
  • (Flickr set)

Chapter 4: Collections designers keep

A week in advance the designers who participated in the contextual inquiry received a cultural probe consisting of several tools, such as pens, polaroid camera and scissors and a work package.
  • The Probe workbook was a little A5 booklet containing the questions for preparation
  • On the separate Probe collage sheets the designers could make their collages and draw out a plan as asked in the workbook.
  • The collage could be made with their own material and with this Set of trigger images
  • During the visit and the interview itself, the researcher used this Questionnaire and outline contextual inquiry as a guideline for the talk, making sure all topics were covered. It contains both questions to be asked to the designers and things to be checked by the researcher.

Chapter 6: Collecting with Cabinet

Procedures and outlines of interviews:
  • Procedure sessions: A description of how the different sessions were to be performed at each participant.
  • The questions for the Interval interview questionnaire, which were asked three times at four-week intervals. Some of these questions had to be filled in by the designers themselves, some were asked. If the designers didn't know what to say, we used the keywords below to get them talking about the subject.
  • The Evaluation interview questionnaire which was asked by Froukje Sleeswijk Visser at the end of the experiment run. In this questionnaire the designers reflected on the prototype and gave their feedback on its use.
  • The Reflection interview questionnaire was the next set of questions after the evaluation, but did explicitly not evaluate Cabinet, but the designer's attitude towards collecting and using visual material.

Flickr for inspiration

Links to related projects:

The TRI Setup
ACT 02

Links to related topics:

Cabinet of Curiosities
Research through Design
Idea Generation Methods
Context mapping

More inspiration only

Louis Pasteur
Albert Einstein

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