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

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062 Personal Inventories

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, ...

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