Toy Trucks in Video Analysis

Jacob Buur, Nanami Nakamura, Rainer Rye Larsen

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Video fieldstudies of people who could be potential users is widespread in design projects. How to analyse such video is, however, often challenging, as it is time consuming and requires a trained eye to unlock experiential knowledge in people’s practices. In our work with industrialists, we have discovered that using scale-models like toy trucks has a strongly encouraging effect on developers/designers to collaboratively make sense of field videos. In our analysis of such scale-model sessions, we found some quite fundamental patterns of how participants utilise objects; the participants build shared narratives by moving the objects around, they name them to handle the complexity, they experience what happens in the video through their hands, and they use the video together with objects to create alternative narratives, and thus alternative solutions to the problems they observe. In this paper we claim that when analysing for instance truck drivers’ practices, the use of toy trucks to replicate actions in scale helps participants engage experiential knowledge as they use their body to make sense of the on-going action.
TitelTangible Means – Experiential Knowledge Through Materials : Proceedings of International Conference 2015 of the Design Research Society Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge EKSIG
RedaktørerAnne Louise Bang, Jacob Buur, Irene Alma Lønne, Nithikul Nimkulrat
ForlagDesign School Kolding
Publikationsdato25. nov. 2015
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-87-90775-90-2
StatusUdgivet - 25. nov. 2015
BegivenhedTangible Means – Experiential Knowledge Through Materials: International Conference 2015 of the DRS Special Interest Group - Design School Kolding and University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Danmark
Varighed: 25. nov. 201526. nov. 2015


KonferenceTangible Means – Experiential Knowledge Through Materials
LokationDesign School Kolding and University of Southern Denmark


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