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

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064 Photo Studies

Self-documentation of a participant’s life and interactions

• Common in exploratory research as a method for understanding the world of users, particularly when engaging in territory unfamiliar to the designer.

• To initiate a photo study, participants are provided with a camera or instructed how their own cameras are to be used for the purposes of the research.

• Participants are given general instructions on what to document, or they may be instructed to take images at certain times or when feeling a particular way.

• Photo studies are most often used as a complement to other methods: for example, diary studies or the experience sampling method.

• The designer may rely solely on the photographs and participant notes for synthesis ...

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