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Open Design Research

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Open Design Research

  1. 1. Open, Collaborative Design Research Stuart Church & Dave Ellender Bristol Usability Group 06 May 2009
  2. 2. Dave Ellender
  3. 3. Exploratree
  4. 4. Stuart Church • User research & evaluation • Prototyping • UX Strategy • Training
  5. 5. Academics v practitioners Academic Practitioners Speed of reporting Slow (years!) Fast (weeks/months) Research quality Mostly high Very variable Greater focus on conceptual / Research subject Practical design issues blue skies Results reported openly Yes, but may be limited access Not usually Collaboration Little Little
  6. 6. Bridging the divide http://journalofia.org/
  7. 7. The Opportunity Academic Practitioners Opportunity Speed of reporting Slow (years!) Fast (weeks/months) Fast Research quality Mostly high Very variable (hopefully) High Greater focus on Bias towards practical Research subject Practical design issues conceptual / blue skies design issues Results reported Yes, but may be limited Not usually Yes openly access Collaboration Little Little Lots
  8. 8. Crowdsourcing (sort of)
  9. 9. Example: Drupal 7 UX Project
  10. 10. Research & Collaboration Research Process Collaborative activities Make observations and formulate Contribute and vote on proposed ideas hypotheses Plan research approach Feedback / comment on approach Distributed data collection and results Collect data submission Feedback / comment on data interpretation Analyse data and statistical methods Write up Collaborative online document
  11. 11. (How) Can we make this work?
  12. 12. opendesignresearch.org }
  13. 13. Issues? • Why would people (you?) get involved? • What sorts of design research questions would be best suited to this approach? • Intellectual property (Creative commons? GPL - like?) • Mis-use of voting system • Maintaining quality of research • Getting client buy-in (if piggy-backing on commercial projects) • Funding?
  14. 14. Next steps • Register for an account at opendesignresearch.org • Contribute research questions and comment at opendesign.uservoice.com • Informal feedback to Dave (daveellender@googlemail.com) or Stu (stuartc@pureusability.co.uk)

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