GVU Brown Bag: Steven Dow

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    • Thursday February 17, 2011 - Friday February 18, 2011
      11:00 am - 11:59 am
  • Location: TSRB 132
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  • URL: http://www.gvu.gatech.edu
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Summary Sentence: How Prototyping Practices Affect Design Results

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How Prototyping Practices Affect Design Results


To produce better computing systems, products, and services, we need a deeper understanding of how and why prototyping practices affect design results. My research empirically examines the creative process and design outcomes. I will describe experiments on iteration and comparison, two key principles for discovering contextual design variables and their interrelationships. We found that, even under tight time constraints when the common intuition is to stop iterating and start refining, iterative prototyping helps designers learn. Our results also indicate that creating and receiving feedback on multiple prototypes in parallel—as opposed to serially—leads to more divergent ideation, more explicit comparison, less investment in a single concept, and better overall design performance. Most recently, we found that groups who produce and share multiple prototypes report a greater increase in rapport, exchange more verbal information, share more features, and reach a better consensus.


Steven Dow is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the HCI Group at Stanford University where he researches human-computer interaction, creative problem-solving, prototyping practices, and "crowdsourcing" methods. He is co-recipient of a Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Grant. He received an MS and PhD in Human-Centered Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from University of Iowa.  http://www.stanford.edu/~spdow/

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