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Experience design theatre: exploring the role of live theatre in scaffolding design dialogues

Lookup NU author(s): Dr John Vines, Tess Denman-Cleaver, Dr Paul Dunphy, Emeritus Professor Pete Wright, Professor Patrick OlivierORCiD


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While theatre has been used in HCI as a tool for engaging participants in design processes, the specific benefits of using live theatre over other communicative mediums, remains underexplored. In this paper we introduce Experience Design Theatre (EDT) as an approach to undertaking experience-centered design with multiple parties in the early stages of design. EDT was motivated by a need to involve several diverse groups of people in the design of a digitally coordinated care service - NetCarers. We used live theatre as a way to engage small groups of participants in dialogues around the design of NetCarers, to qualify their contributions in a refined performance, and to communicate their concerns and aspirations to domain experts. We highlight key benefits to using live theatre in experience-centered design and offer insights for researchers undertaking similar work in the future.

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Author(s): Vines J, Denman-Cleaver T, Dunphy P, Wright P, Olivier P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: CHI '14 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Year of Conference: 2014

Pages: 683-692

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/2556288.2556960


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ISBN: 9781450324731