Mastering Design Case Studies for Grounded Design
European Society for Socially Embedded Technologies (EUSSET)
Understanding user contexts and practices for the design and development of useful and usable technologies has for long been acknowledged as relevant within the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). Taking account of the growing interest in human practices for the design and quality assessment of digital technologies, Grounded Design (GD) has been introduced as a paradigm for design research and practice. As a research paradigm, GD focuses on investigating changes in human practices stemming from the use and appropriation of digital technologies. The results of such investigations are used as input for the design and development of new and innovative digital solutions. In this context, Design Case Study (DCS) serves as a framework to orient and document research and practice predicated on GD. The framework, which is organised in three interdependent phases – pre-study, design and appropriation –, provides useful guidance and infrastructure for successful GD initiatives. This masterclass sets out to demonstrate how DCS can be used to accomplish relevant and impacting GD projects. It will introduce the conceptual and theoretical grounds behind the framework, as well as discuss the different methods and methodologies which can be used for it.