Designing Mobile Diaries

Negotiating practice-led design research in a professional design setting

Authored by: Penny Hagen , Toni Robertson

The Routledge Companion to Design Research

Print publication date:  October  2014
Online publication date:  October  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415706070
eBook ISBN: 9781315758466
Adobe ISBN: 9781317636250


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This chapter presents a case study of practice-led design research in a professional design setting. In practice-led research the means through which research is generated is often the production of an artefact (Hobbs et al., 2010; Rust et al., 2007). In this case the generation of knowledge about design practice was enabled through the iterative design, development and implementation of a particular design research method, Mobile Diaries, within a specific commercial design context. Mobile Diaries are a self-reporting method used in early, exploratory design research. They allow participants to capture, reflect on and share the personal, mobile and ongoing aspects of daily life and extend traditional approaches to self-reporting through the use of social technologies such as mobile phones and blogs.

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