CREATIVE AND INVENTIVE METHODS IN CSCW RESEARCH: DRAWING FROM DESIGN TECHNIQUES

This workshop explores how the methodological toolbox of CSCW research can be enriched by inventive and creative methods and techniques acquired from design and art. There are increasing calls by researchers within CSCW and other related disciplines to increase the repertoire of research methods used in studying cultural and technological contexts beyond the traditional interview and participant observation. Design offers a rich portfolio of methods and techniques, such as probes, prototypes, mapping, sketching, drawing and experiments. These methods and techniques offer creative ways of engaging with “users”, observing cultural contexts, as well as innovative forms of synthesis and analysis. In this workshop we will share experiences in the design, adaptation and use of design techniques as research methods for conducting research. We will also reflect on the theoretical and epistemological position of creative and inventive methods and how they shape knowledge about the worlds into which they are introduced.