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Prototyping for non-designers : reflecting on the use of interactive prototyping tools

Olivia De Ruyck (UGent) , Peter Conradie (UGent) , Ellen De Vos (UGent) , Jelle Saldien (UGent) and Lieven De Marez (UGent)
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Scientists and designers show different problem-solving strategies. Where scientists generally adopt a strategy of analysis; designers are more inclined to solve a problem by synthesis. Instead of striving for a deep understanding and analysis of the problem, a designer tackles a problem by quickly generating a satisfactory solution. Prototyping is one of the tools for designers to conceptualise and realise new product solutions. Fifteen students in their final year at the university following Political and Communication Sciences received an introduction to the programs Makey Makey and Scratch. All participants had little to no experience with programming and prototyping. The reflections on the workshop are described from a teacher and students' point of view through qualitative interviews and a post survey. Results shine a light on the level of enjoyment, satisfaction and barriers of the students about the new learned tools. We conclude that interactive prototyping for non-designers is valuable and other non-design disciplines can quickly integrate such tools.
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Interactive prototyping, programming, designer, non-designer, KNOWLEDGE

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De Ruyck, Olivia, et al. “Prototyping for Non-Designers : Reflecting on the Use of Interactive Prototyping Tools.” Towards a New Landscape : DS 95 : Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2019), The Design Society - Institution of Engineering Designers, 2019, doi:10.35199/epde2019.76.
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De Ruyck, O., Conradie, P., De Vos, E., Saldien, J., & De Marez, L. (2019). Prototyping for non-designers : reflecting on the use of interactive prototyping tools. In Towards a new landscape : DS 95 : Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2019). Glasgow: The Design Society - Institution of Engineering Designers. https://doi.org/10.35199/epde2019.76
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De Ruyck, Olivia, Peter Conradie, Ellen De Vos, Jelle Saldien, and Lieven De Marez. 2019. “Prototyping for Non-Designers : Reflecting on the Use of Interactive Prototyping Tools.” In Towards a New Landscape : DS 95 : Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2019). Glasgow: The Design Society - Institution of Engineering Designers. https://doi.org/10.35199/epde2019.76.
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De Ruyck, Olivia, Peter Conradie, Ellen De Vos, Jelle Saldien, and Lieven De Marez. 2019. “Prototyping for Non-Designers : Reflecting on the Use of Interactive Prototyping Tools.” In Towards a New Landscape : DS 95 : Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2019). Glasgow: The Design Society - Institution of Engineering Designers. doi:10.35199/epde2019.76.
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De Ruyck O, Conradie P, De Vos E, Saldien J, De Marez L. Prototyping for non-designers : reflecting on the use of interactive prototyping tools. In: Towards a new landscape : DS 95 : Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2019). Glasgow: The Design Society - Institution of Engineering Designers; 2019.
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O. De Ruyck, P. Conradie, E. De Vos, J. Saldien, and L. De Marez, “Prototyping for non-designers : reflecting on the use of interactive prototyping tools,” in Towards a new landscape : DS 95 : Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2019), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 2019.
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  abstract     = {Scientists and designers show different problem-solving strategies. Where scientists generally adopt a strategy of analysis; designers are more inclined to solve a problem by synthesis. Instead of striving for a deep understanding and analysis of the problem, a designer tackles a problem by quickly generating a satisfactory solution. Prototyping is one of the tools for designers to conceptualise and realise new product solutions. Fifteen students in their final year at the university following Political and Communication Sciences received an introduction to the programs Makey Makey and Scratch. All participants had little to no experience with programming and prototyping. The reflections on the workshop are described from a teacher and students' point of view through qualitative interviews and a post survey. Results shine a light on the level of enjoyment, satisfaction and barriers of the students about the new learned tools. We conclude that interactive prototyping for non-designers is valuable and other non-design disciplines can quickly integrate such tools.},
  author       = {De Ruyck, Olivia and Conradie, Peter and De Vos, Ellen and Saldien, Jelle and De Marez, Lieven},
  booktitle    = {Towards a new landscape : DS 95 : Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2019)},
  isbn         = {9781912254057},
  keywords     = {Interactive prototyping,programming,designer,non-designer,KNOWLEDGE},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {University of Strathclyde, Glasgow},
  pages        = {6},
  publisher    = {The Design Society - Institution of Engineering Designers},
  title        = {Prototyping for non-designers : reflecting on the use of interactive prototyping tools},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.35199/epde2019.76},
  year         = {2019},
}

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