I use a range of qualitative design research methods. Often my work involves a combination of ethnographic and practice-led techniques, including:

  • Literature survey
  • Interviews
  • Design workbooks
  • Workshops
  • Diary studies
  • Sketching
  • Wireframing
  • Prototyping
  • Frame analysis

Sometimes methods are developed for particular situations.

Speculative workbooks

A set of workbooks were developed as part of the Physical Journalism project as a way to encourage journalists and news designers to imagine how physical computing could change the way they told stories. The workbooks were slim, A5, blank-page notebooks into which were glued 14 questions that prompted our participants to think of a story, identify the people and objects involved, and then consider how they might tell that story by moving it to a different location and using physical computing technologies such as RFID tags, sensors and lights, among other things. Each question was on a separate page with space for responses.

Physical News Card Deck

The Physical News Card Deck is a set of 48 cards and four activities designed to encourage journalists to imagine how physical computing technologies could be incorporated into public interest storytelling. The deck represents a novel way to think about how journalistic practice could respond to the emergence of tangible interfaces and ambient information environments. Although card decks are an established tool to support design work, no tool exists for journalistic contexts. The Physical News deck uses news stories and constraints that are particular to journalistic practice alongside technologies such as LED lights, radio transmission tags, sensors and mixed reality.

The deck is available to download and comes with a set of workshop activities.