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Reflections on YU: introducing project management tools into the design process
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the understanding of the design process in research projects by taking specific tools from project management into account. Explorative and creative design projects often run the risk of loosing focus on project goals during the process. This article aims to provide a novel approach to the ongoing discussion of the clash between creativity and efficiency during the creation of artifacts. By discussing the self-conducted case study – project „Yu‟ – this article reflects on the design process as well as the relationship between the designer and the user. The model created and presented includes two techniques; the active user dialogue and the goal and user needs definition. Both are inspired by similar approaches in project management, which illustrate the importance of the designer's responsibility for the final design outcome. The article identifies and discusses similar approaches in design theory and is aiming to emphasize the positive possibilities for an elaborate design approach. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 10 p.
Keyword [en]
design research, design theory, project management, design process, user-centered design, participatory design, user needs, goal setting
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Human Aspects of ICT Information Systems, Social aspects Design
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-19955OAI: diva2:657376
Subject / course
Media Technology
YU project at the Mobile Life Centre
Available from: 2013-10-21 Created: 2013-10-18 Last updated: 2014-01-31Bibliographically approved

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