"THE ARTS OF NOTICING":
Exploring Noticing as an Alternative Design Research Method
In a time of pressing ecological, political, and social concerns, the concept and practice of "noticing" have taken root, encouraging the re-examination of research assumptions, as means of pursuing alternative pathways towards preferable futures. However, it is unclear how this concept can be translated into actionable design research methods. In this project, we aim to explore, practice, and develop methodological approaches for design researchers and practitioners to “notice differently” and envision more ethical and responsible ways of engaging in technological interventions.
Research through Design
Increase awareness to conditions of structural injustice and envision more responsible ways of designing/innovation. These non-traditional methods provide guidelines to cultivate empathy for different stakeholders.
Democratize and scale user research by educating members of the product team to understand user needs and create better user experiences.
Jen Liu, Kristin Dew, Patrycja Zdziarska, Maya Livio, Shaowen Bardzell, Heidi Biggs, Janghee Cho, Natalie Friedman, Cindy Lin Kaiying, Aehong Min, Paige Pritchard (all researchers).
Szu-Yu (Cyn) Liu, Jen Liu, Kristin Dew, Patrycja Zdziarska, Maya Livio, and Shaowen Bardzell. 2019. Exploring Noticing as Method in Design Research. In Proceedings of the 2019 Designing Interactive Systems Conference: DIS ‘19. ACM: New York. (Workshop Proposal).
Szu-Yu (Cyn) Liu, Jeffrey Bardzell, and Shaowen Bardzell. Photography as A Design Research Tool into Natureculture. Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference: DIS ‘18. ACM: New York. (Pictorial; Acceptance rate: 25%).