Understanding Iterative Design with Individuals, Groups, and Crowds

Speaker: Steven Dow , Carnegie Mellon University

Date: Friday, November 02, 2012

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Refreshments: 2:45 PM

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Location: Patil/Kiva 32-G449

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Understanding Iterative Design with Individuals, Groups, and Crowds

Technologies and services improve through iterative design. How do iterative practices such as critique and reflection affect design results for individuals, groups, and crowds? Our experiments have found that, even under tight time constraints when the common intuition is to stop iterating and start refining, iterative prototyping helps designers learn. Results also show that creating and receiving feedback on multiple designs in parallel—as opposed to serial iteration—leads to more divergent ideation, more explicit comparison, less investment in a single concept, and better overall performance. Moreover, small groups who produce and share multiple designs report a greater increase in rapport, exchange more verbal information, share more features, and reach a better consensus. At scale, our work also demonstrates that crowd workers perform better and learn from iterative assessments. I conclude by discussing three new projects around the theme of designing with crowds.

Steven Dow is an Assistant Professor at the HCI Institute at Carnegie Mellon University where he researches human-computer interaction, design education, and social computing. He is co-recipient of two National Science Foundation grants, Stanford's Postdoctoral Research Award, and the Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Grant. He received an MS and PhD in Human-Centered Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from University of Iowa.

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