Bthere or be Square: A Method for Extreme Contextualization of Design

01.11.2006
KOLLISION: 01.11.2006 Bthere or be Square: A Method for Extreme Contextualization of Design
Authors
Eva Eriksson www.bloc.se
Martin Ludvigsen nextandmore.com
Andreas Lykke-Olesen »
Rune Nielsen »
Abstract
In this paper we describe the Bthere method aiming to increase the context awareness among designers. The method and a workshop scenario will be presented, as well as the results and evaluation from that. Based on the methodology from contextual and participatory design, the paper describes a method for dividing the context in different layers, observed from different perspectives. This reveals hidden structures in the inhabitant’s everyday life and the environment among them, using a full scale context and user study as background material for brainstorming and design choices. The aim of the workshop was to accomplish an expanded notion and awareness of some of the aspects of the city environment that are invisible or unnoticeable...
Reference
Eriksson, E, Ludvigsen, M, Lykke-Olesen, A, Nielsen, R. (2006) Bthere or be Square: a Method for Extreme Contextualization of Design. In Proceedings of Wonderground 2006 Design Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, Nov 1-4, 2006. ISBN:972-98701-6-0.