Rigour versus timeliness in design studies

Singh, S 2005, 'Rigour versus timeliness in design studies', Qualitative Research Journal, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 31-40.

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Title Rigour versus timeliness in design studies
Author(s) Singh, S
Year 2005
Journal name Qualitative Research Journal
Volume number 5
Issue number 2
Start page 31
End page 40
Total pages 9
Publisher Association of Qualitative Research
Abstract The tussle between rigour and timeliness is central to the translation of anthropological and sociological insights into design. Classic anthropological and sociological studies emphasise lengthy immersion in the field and saturation of data as essential aspects of rigorous study. However, time frames are short within corporate frameworks of design. Despite this, anthropologists and sociologists are increasingly sought by large technology organisations, as the social and cultural context of users is important for the effectiveness of design. This paper draws on the experiences of the user-centred design team in the Smart Internet Cooperative Research Centre (SITCRC) in Australia and suggests ways of achieving timely rigour in design studies. The main contribution of anthropologists and sociologists to design is the sociological imagination¿that is, the ability to connect the personal use of technologies with important public issues of our time. It is also the ability to convey the immediacy of a person¿s experience to an external audience. There are three ways, however, that methods can be modified. First, there needs to be an emphasis on the sharing of field notes and the journal from the field. Second, the interview is modified so that it elicits the way the person lives and current uses of technology, together with changes in the future. Third, scenarios of use are grounded in the interviewee¿s experience. The latter part of the interview involves constructing, drawing and modifying scenarios and linking them to design.
Subject Innovation and Technology Management
ISSN 1448-0980
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