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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTangible Means – Experiential Knowledge Through Materials : Proceedings of International Conference 2015 of the Design Research Society Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge EKSIG
EditorsAnne Louise Bang, Jacob Buur, Irene Alma Lønne, Nithikul Nimkulrat
PublisherDesign School Kolding
Publication date25. Nov 2015
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-90775-90-2
Publication statusPublished - 25. Nov 2015
EventTangible Means – Experiential Knowledge Through Materials: International Conference 2015 of the DRS Special Interest Group - Design School Kolding and University of Southern Denmark, Kolding, Denmark
Duration: 25. Nov 201526. Nov 2015


ConferenceTangible Means – Experiential Knowledge Through Materials
LocationDesign School Kolding and University of Southern Denmark


  • Tangible Tools
  • Driver Experience
  • Sense Making
  • Design Collaboration


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