Project

The aim of this doctoral research is to provide an instrument that can be used to improve the conversation between users and designers in order to obtain a (more) user-fit design. The instrument consists of several – mainly visual – techniques and tools, including a manual aimed at having greater applicability. 

Several techniques and tools are tested through qualitative and explorative research, of which the lessons learned will be used to refine the instrument. As a matter of principle, the instrument is not typology-based and can be applied to different target groups. However, in this doctoral research, its development is the result of several explorative workshops with children in a public library context. Children were chosen as a target group due to their still very limited literacy. As such, they often find it difficult to express themselves in a spoken or written language, so a different form of communication is needed. A public library context was chosen due to its great user-oriented challenges. Public libraries have to meet dynamic user profiles: users have become more diverse, visit for several purposes and stay there longer, which makes it all the more important to map out their (spatial) needs. 

About

Researchers

Michelle Bylemans (researcher)

(promotor)

Funder

Period 

2018-2022