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Users as Subjects in and of Co-Design

Users as Subjects in and of Co-Design
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Author(s): Peter Rittgen (University College of Borås, Sweden)
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 3
Source title: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Information Technology Management
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-019-6.ch116
ISBN13: 9781616921286
EISBN13: 9781466665361


Co-design implies the active participation of all stakeholders in the system development process. Users have a double role in this being subjects both in and of co-design – they take an active part in the design and the system is designed for them. This requires a design language that allows users to make meaningful contributions. Common system design languages, such as UML, do not fulfill this requirement. Here we investigate to what extent metaphors can provide an appropriate communicative medium to increase user involvement and how we can translate them into more detailed designs.

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