A Participatory Perspective on Cross-Cultural Design

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Designers face a number of challenges in terms of when and
how to design interactive systems with indigenous groups. Every layer of
development faces obstacles from designing localized interfaces to facilitating prototype evaluations in the wild. This article argues for the importance of continuous user involvement and participatory design. This
is highlighted through explaining ongoing research in the creation of a
3D visualization knowledge management system to support preservation
of indigenous knowledge (IK) in Africa. Through the sharing of experiences from the field I underpin the importance of acknowledging users'
expertise and knowledge about the design context. Through presentation
of a selection of these challenges in localizing systems development I wish
to raise awareness of an required sensitivity to cultural differences in IT.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding Bridges: HCI, Visualization, and Non-formal Modeling : IFIP WG 13.7 Workshops on Human–Computer Interaction and Visualization: 7th HCIV@ECCE 2011, Rostock, Germany, August 23, 2011, and 8th HCIV@INTERACT 2011, Lisbon, Portugal, September 5, 2011, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsAchim Ebert, Gerrit C. van der Veer, Gitta Domik, Nahum D. Gershon, Inga Scheler
Number of pages16
Publication dateApr 2014
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-54893-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-54894-9
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


  • participatory design
  • HCI
  • Visualisation
  • cross-cultural
  • indigenous knowledge


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