Sensitizing Scenarios: Sensitizing Designer Teams to Theory

Annika Waern, Paulina Rajkowska, Karin Johansson, Jon Back, Jocelyn Spence, Anders Sundnes Løvlie

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Concepts and theories that emerge within the social sciences tend to be nuanced, dealing with complex social phenomena. While their relevance to design could be high, it is difficult to make sense of them in design projects, especially when participants have a variety of backgrounds. We report on our experiences using role-play scenarios as a way to sensitize heterogeneous designer teams to complex theoretical concepts related to museology as social and cultural phenomena. We discuss design requirements on such scenarios, and the importance of connecting their execution closely to the context of the design and the current stage of the design process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '20: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication dateApr 2020
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-6708-0/20/04
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


  • Social Sciences
  • Complex Phenomena
  • Role-Play Scenarios
  • Heterogeneous Design Teams
  • Museology


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