"THE ARTS OF NOTICING":

Exploring Noticing as an Alternative Design Research Method

Overview: 

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.

Methods: 

  • Research through Design

  • Design workshop

  • "Walkshop"

Impacts:

  • 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. 

 

Collaborators:

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). 

Website:

https://artsofnoticing.com/

Publications: 

© 2020 Szu-Yu (Cyn) Liu