Using obstructed theatre with child designers to convey requirements

Read, Janet C. orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7138-1643, Fitton, Daniel Bowen orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-2300-5432 and Mazzone, Emanuela (2010) Using obstructed theatre with child designers to convey requirements. In: Proceedings of the 28th of the international conference extended abstracts on human factors in computing systems, 2010, ACM, New York, USA.

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This paper describes the use of obstructed theatre as a novel design method for the elicitation of ideas from children for the design of a new mobile product. Obstructed theatre has previously been used, in this same context with adults, but this is the first paper that outlines its use with children.

The paper describes the initial ideas for the script for the theatre and evaluates its use. It is shown that the method can be useful and it specifically conveyed the idea of portability and mobility but was less effective at conveying the more complex interactive ideas. Specifically the paper outlines the origins of the method, presents some reflection on the usefulness of the method and suggests how it can be used with other contexts.

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