Prototyping Complex Systems: A Diary Study Approach to Understand the Design Process

2016    Toronto, ON, Canada    Information & Communication


Diary studies in human-computer interaction (HCI) design are qualitative methods for collecting data about users’ behavior and insights while going through an experience or interacting with a certain system. This paper examines the efficacy of using this method in exploring the design process for complex engineering systems. An online diary study was conducted to capture data from designers working on an interactive visualization platform for large-scale data sets. Design implications and insights for practitioners and developers are discussed.


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