User prototypes as partly unconscious communication: Understanding young diabetics’ visions for mobile diabetes technology

Marie Glasemann, Anne Marie Kanstrup

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Abstract

In this paper, we introduce user prototypes as a technique that supports users’
articulation of emotions relevant for design: dreams, fears, motivations – their feelings and aspirations. Following Bateson’s writings about communication through art, we consider user prototypes as “partly unconscious communication” and propose to analyze them by focusing on the emotional articulations integrated in the users’ design language. We illustrate this with an
example from a design research project on designing learning technology for young diabetics. The example shows how young people with diabetes can express emotional themes related to youth identity, the burden of being young with a chronic illness, and the need to be connected and feel safe through design of prototypes. The new conceptual space that arises from user prototypes
shows potential for addressing emotions when designing for health and for further development of the technique user prototypes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Design and Emotion
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationChicago, Illinois, USA
PublisherIllinois Institute of Technology
Publication dateOct 2010
ISBN (Electronic)9780615406664
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

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