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  Preparing for the Future of Knowledge Presentation


Elizabeth Sanders

  Participatory Designing: Information and adaptation
© 2004, Elizabeth Sanders
    Conference presentation  Video


Significant changes are taking place today in the relationship between producers and consumers. A participatory culture is emerging on a large scale. Everyday people, not just designers, are using the new digital tools to express themselves and to communicate. People who once were satisfied with being “consumers” now are becoming “creators”. They are moving away from consumptive activities in search of a better balance between consumption and creativity.

This human-centered design revolution is causing us to rethink the design process. In order to drive the human-centered design revolution, we need to tap into the imaginations and dreams not only of designers, but also of everyday people. New design spaces are emerging in response to everyday people’s needs for creativity. Beyond the edge of practice are the Co-Creating Spaces where designers and everyday people will work collaboratively throughout the design and development process. In the future, Co-Creating Spaces will be especially important in highly complex domains and in domains where people channel their passions.

Figure 1. Changing relations between producers and consumers.


Figure 2. Balancing consumptive and participatory mind sets.


Elizabeth Sanders
  Liz Sanders is a pioneer in the use of participatory research methods in the design of consumer, office and medical products, spaces, systems, and interfaces. She has innovated tools and methods for design research for over 20 years. Some of her clients have included Apple, Coca Cola, Compaq, Hasbro, IBM, Intel, Kodak, Microsoft, Motorola, Procter & Gamble, Thermos, 3M, and Xerox. Liz speaks about and teaches human-centered research and design to clients, colleagues and students around the world. She is currently the President of SonicRim. Liz is trained in Psychology and Anthropology and holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology. She serves as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design at The Ohio State University. She is also on the Board of Advisors for the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University.


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