Interpersonal Process Recall textendash a method for reflecting on co-design experiences

D Brown, R Kettley, S Kettley

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Our method uses video recording as a stimulus for recall and reflection, based on Interpersonal Process Recall (IPR) which is borrowed from humanistic psychotherapy research. This Methods Story accompanies other media (videos, audio and transcript) which presents and demonstrates the method. We video recorded part of a workshop design session run at Oak Field School, Nottingham (UK), by the interdisciplinary 'An Internet Of Soft Things' project (, filming two co-designers: a member of the research team and a participant with a cognitive impairment. Using the IPR method, we played back the video and invited the co - designers to pause it and recall any thoughts and feelings which did not show up in the original co-design interaction. This made it possible to capture data that represents subjective experience more fully, giving a voice to participants, particularly those who may find it hard to express themselves in the moment, owing to a cognitive impairment. In a subsequent reflection, our participant describes the importance to him of researchers speaking slowly and with short words, listening, using Makaton if appropriate, and above all, being 'nice and friendly'.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - May 2016
EventCHI 2016: Conference for Human-Computer Interaction - USA, San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016


ConferenceCHI 2016: Conference for Human-Computer Interaction
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


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  • An Internet of Soft Things

    Kettley, S., Brown, D., Briggs-Goode, A., Kettley, R., Lucas, R., Heinzel, T., Glazzard, M., Bates, M., Harrigan, K. & Battersby, S., 31 Aug 2016

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