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Ethnography by design: On goals and mediating artefacts
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, Human-Centered systems. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Usify. (IxS)
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, Human-Centered systems. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. (Interaction and Service Design (IxS))
2014 (English)In: Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, ISSN 1474-0222, E-ISSN 1741-265X, Vol. 14, no 2, 134-149 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Design ethnography is the appropriation of ethnography for the purposes of informing design. This paper investigates the effects of these appropriations, through a comparative study of how designers and anthropologists approach the same field site and by a review of new techniques introduced by designers to do ethnography. The techniques reviewed all apply artefacts to mediate the ethnographic process. Conducting ethnography through artefacts can be done in a number of ways and three ways are discussed here, including techniques which remove the researcher from the context of study. The implications for design ethnography of the comparative study and the introductions of artefacts to facilitate ethnographic work are discussed. The implications focus on potential methodological pitfalls of the ‘designification’ of ethnography as design ethnography matures.

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2014. Vol. 14, no 2, 134-149 p.
Keyword [en]
Design ethnography, design probes, ethnography through artefacts, mobile ethnography
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Design Social Anthropology Human Computer Interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-118892DOI: 10.1177/1474022214560159OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-118892DiVA: diva2:817264
Available from: 2015-06-04 Created: 2015-06-04 Last updated: 2015-06-22

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