Facebook as arena for participatory design?

Master student Lill Francis M. Reyes worked with the SociaLL project when doing her thesis on translating the participatory design method Future workshops for use on Facebook. The future workshop is a renowned method for engaging users in design, where user participants are taken through three phases of critique, fantasy and implementation, where they respectively criticize the current way and suggest their dream way of solving the design challenge, before working out how to translate the dream solution to real-world implementation.

In this Facebook version of the future workshop, potential users, designers, and to some degree the project owner cooperated for three weeks to explore new designs for an online photo heritage service. The result is an engaging journey into both how such an online service journey could be, but more importantly how a social networking service such as Facebook can be used to facilitate participatory design.

You find the thesis here. Recommended reading.

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