Magical Bits: Designing through experiencing the future end product

Grufberg, Katja and Holmquist, Lars (2011) Magical Bits: Designing through experiencing the future end product. In: DESIRE'11 - Second ACM Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Design, 19th - 21st October 2011, Eindhoven, Netherlands.

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This paper describes a method for designers to brainstorm around, and to experience, an end product before it is even conceptualized. Magical Bits are simple physical models representing the main property of a technology or a main function of a future end product. Knowing the end product's main function, and using these models as if they were working products, can help to put the experience in focus. By stepping away from the computer, technical limitations and "single solution thinking", the aim of this method is to let a designer develop through experiencing the users' perceptions and emotions, which should have a central role in the beginning of a design process.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design tool, idea generation, participatory design, Magical Bits
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2018 13:21
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 19:30

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