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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
  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?
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  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 • Contribute research questions and comment at • Informal feedback to Dave ( or Stu (