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Title: Critical user forums – An effective user research method for inclusive design
Authors: Dong, H
Clarkson, PJ
Cassim, J
Keates, S
Publication Date: 2005
Publisher: Ashgate
Citation: The Design Journal. 8 (2) 49-59
Abstract: Inclusive, or universal, design is about designing more accessible products and services for the widest possible range of users, regardless of age and capabilities. It requires better understanding and empathy with all potential users. Traditional user research methods are limited in accommodating a wide range of users and hence there is a need to find more appropriate methods of user research for inclusive design. This paper describes a method called ‘Critical User Forums,’ which involves direct interaction between design teams and a mixed group of users with severe disabilities. The evaluation of the effectiveness of this method for inclusive design is based on the interviews of eight UK design consultancies that took part in a design competition emphasising inclusive design and involving users, known as the DBA Design Challenge. The contribution of critical users to the DBA projects is discussed and the design teams’ viewpoints on such user involvement in the process are investigated. It concludes that Critical User Forums provide an ideal chance for designers to understand a wider range of users through direct interaction with them and thus helping designers build empathy with all potential users.
URI: http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/2379
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