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The Pocket Universal Methods of Design by Bella Martin, Bruce Hanington

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024 Cultural Probes

Provocative instruments to inspire new forms of self-understanding and communication

• Use materials such as postcards, journals, cameras, text, and imagery to gather personal insights from participants.

• Provocations are designed to inspire people to thoughtfully consider personal context and circumstance and respond in unique, creative ways.

• Materials should be varied and imaginative to elicit responses that are relevant to the design inquiry.

• Probes are flexible, open-ended, and intentionally subjective, collecting inspirational data to stimulate design imagination.

• Design probes support empathic understanding through information gathering over a prolonged period, where the researcher cannot be present.

• Probe ...

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