Diffract Me! - Using a Skills-Based Approach in Design Practice

Jeroen Peeters
Interactive Institute Swedish ICT and Deptartment of Informatics, Umeå University, Sweden

Stoffel Kuenen
Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden

Ambra Trotto
Interactive Institute Swedish ICT and Umeå School of Architecture, Sweden

Caroline Hummels
Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

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Ingår i: KEER2014. Proceedings of the 5th Kanesi Engineering and Emotion Research; International Conference; Linköping; Sweden; June 11-13

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 100:24, s. 313-328

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Publicerad: 2014-06-11

ISBN: 978-91-7519-276-5

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


The potential of skills in design is intriguing; as skills open up new perceptions of the world they allow meaning to arise as we engage with the world. Several skills-based techniques that leverage this potential have been developed; and integrated into the Designing in Skills framework. The framework builds on personal engagement of designers in their practice; and promotes them to take a first-person perspective; enabling designs to be enriched with meaning. In this paper; we present the most recent workshop based on this approach; which specifically focuses on employing the Designing in Skills framework as a starting point and catalyst for design practice. We briefly introduce the Designing in Skills framework and present the DiffractMe! project in which we built on this approach to explore its potential for design practice. We conclude with reflections on the process and result by the involved designers. These reflections offer insights into the value of this approach for enriching interactive design with experiential qualities.


Interaction Design; Engagement; Skills; First-Person Perspective; Design Process.


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