Representative collections of artifacts selected by the participant for the designer-researcher
• This allows the designer to see and understand the relevance of objects in a user’s life in order to inspire design themes and insight.
• It is most commonly solicited through paired methods such as guided tours, contextual interviews, and photo and diary studies.
• As a component of touchstone tours, participants talk about the things they own as they walk the researcher through their home or other environment.
• As an element of photo studies, participants document the objects of meaning, often with companion notations.
• Interviews probe for object meaning, the role in a participant’s life, acquisition, use, placement, ...