Card mapper: Enabling data-driven reflections on ideation cards

Dimitrios Paris Darzentas, Raphael Velt, Richard Wetzel, Peter Craigon, Hanne Wagner, Lachlan Urquhart, Steve Benford

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Abstract / Description of output

We explore how usage data captured from ideation cards can enable reflection on design. We deployed a deck of ideation cards on a Masters level module over two years, developing the means to capture the students’designs into a digital repository. We created two visualisations to reveal the relative co-occurrences of the cards as concept space and the relative proximity of designs (through cards used in common) as design space.We used these to elicit reflections from the perspectives of students, teachers and card designers. Our findings inspire ideas for extending the data-driven use of ideation cards throughout the design process; informing the redesign of cards, the rules for using them and their live connection to supporting materials and enabling stakeholders to reflect and recognise challenges and opportunities. We also identified the need, and potential ways, to capture a richer design rationale, including annotations, discarded cards and varying card interpretations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ACM SIG Computer Human Interaction (CHI) 2019
ISBN (Print)9781450359702
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • design
  • ideation cards
  • concept space
  • configuration space
  • design documentation
  • design rationale
  • design fixation


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