Cultural Probes

October 2, 2008

I have recently been lucky enough to sit in on a lecture by Jayne Wallace from the Culture Lab at Newcastle University. We met at the IPD (Innovative Product Design) studios in Dundee University. Jayne uses probes as a way to learn more from and be inspired by participants in her research.

 

Cultural Probes

Cultural Probes

 

Standard questionnaires are boring and impersonal – as a result responses can be stale and generic. This method of engaging with people allows for a truly personal and more creative interaction and response. 

I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has tried to use this method in a hard edged engineering institution or international cooperation. Was it of use to you to better understand your consumers? Did you get inspiration from the output? Was it even suitable as a research method in such an environment? Part of the battle may be trying to sell the method internally. 

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