ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI2013)


From April 27 to May 2, 2013, I will be attending CHI 2013 in Paris, France.

I’m very excited to go to my first CHI 2013 in which I co-authored a full paper. This is also my first experience in Paris.

The full reference to the paper is:

Walsh, G., Foss, E., Yip, J. & Druin, A. (in press). FACIT PD: A framework for analysis and creation of intergenerational techniques for participatory design. In Proceedings of the 31st International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2013). New York, NY: ACM.

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The abstract to our paper is below:

In this paper, we present a framework that describes commonly used design techniques for Participatory Design with children. Although there are many currently used techniques for designing with children, researchers working in differing contexts and in a changing technological landscape find themselves facing difficult design situations. The FACIT PD framework presented in this paper can aid  in choosing existing design techniques or in developing new techniques regardless of the stage in the design cycle, the technology being developed, or philosophical approach to design method. The framework consists of eight dimensions, concerning the design partners, the design goal, and the design technique. The partner dimensions are partner experience and need for accommodation. The design goal dimensions are design space and maturity of design. The technique dimensions include: cost, portability, technology and physical interaction. Three cases will be presented which describe new techniques developed using the framework and two cases will describe existing techniques.

I worked together with Greg Walsh, Ph.D., Elizabeth Foss, and my adviser, Allison Druin, Ph.D. I hope that our work can help many design researchers and human-computer interaction researchers develop new techniques for working with children in designing technologies.

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