A comparison of Diary Method Variations for Enlightening Form Generation in the Design Process
Paper i proceeding, 2012

This paper presents two studies in which an empirical approach was taken to understand and explain form generation and decisions taken in the design process. In particular, the activities addressing aesthetic aspects when exteriorizing form ideas in the design process have been the focus of the present study. Diary methods were the starting point of this research for investigating the form generation process through collecting self-reflective comments from the participants. The main focus of this paper is to address potentials and limitations of the three variants of diary method used for data collection, namely, unstructured diaries, structured diaries and visual diaries. A set of method evaluation criteria was developed to compare the structure of the diary variants. By qualitative analysis of the results and comparison of the diary variants, strengths and weaknesses of each variant were identified. One of the prominent factors in the diary variants was pegged to be due to the logging delay after the occurrence of the activities.

Design Process

Research methods

Diary Research

Diary Formats.

Form Generation Process

Författare

Maral Babapour Chafi

Chalmers, Produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Design and Human Factors

Björn Rehammar

Chalmers, Produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Design and Human Factors

Ulrike Rahe

Chalmers, Produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Design and Human Factors

Proceedings of the Design Research Society conference 2012, Bangkok, 1-4 July 2012

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