WS20: Innovation in HCI: What Can We Learn from Design Thinking?

Alma L. Culén, University of Oslo; Asbjørn Følstad, SINTEF
27 October 2014, Helsinki, Finland
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Workshop in short

Design thinking, a methodology originating from design disciplines, oriented towards problem solving through human-centered approach, rapid prototyping and abductive reasoning, has huge impact on innovation in business, education, health and other crucial domains. Many similarities, and differences, can be found between design thinking and HCI design approach to innovation. The aim of the workshop is to explore these similarities and differences, with a goal of re-thinking possibilities, including combining practices towards increased impact of HCI in shaping innovative technologies for the future, based on human values and technological feasibility.

The workshop is to gather researchers and practitioners from HCI design and from design disciplines who use, or are interested in, design thinking approach to innovation. Participants will together explore areas where the synergy between fields already exists. The position, or short research papers, are thus invited in, but not limited to, the following

  • HCI, design thinking and innovation towards sustainable future
  • Design of social innovation
  • Design thinking, HCI and service innovation
  • Design thinking, HCI and values
  • Design thinking in HCI education (or vice versa)
  • The role of multidisciplinary teams in innovation
  • Participatory design, design thinking and re-infrastructuring
  • Innovation and decision-making processes
  • Living labs and design thinking

Focusing on larger patterns around ways in which innovation is supported in these areas, we hope to be able to find more feasible, repeatable and reliable, alternatives to current human-centred design approaches, benefitting from the strengths of both HCI design and design thinking.

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