The REPAR (REsolving the PARadox in user centered design) project aims to develop tools, methods and guidelines for involving end users in the concept development phase of the design process. The ambition is to support designers in gathering meaningful feedback from end users by providing them with tools to create preliminary concept representations and methods to explore those together with end users, inducing realistic experiences. The tools and methods are developed and evaluated in collaboration with designers from industry.
The REPAR Background section provides a more extensive overview of the project.
Three sub projects exist within the REPAR project, each covered by a PhD student.
- Sub Project A aims to create tools that allow designers to quickly create and review product concepts, for instance by sketching them. This project focuses on low-fidelity prototyping tools.
- Sub Project B focuses on high-fidelity prototyping tools that basically do the same thing: allow designers to evaluate product concepts, this time using virtual reality instead of sketches.
- Sub Project C provides the theoretical background for the REPAR project; it creates the methodologies and protocols that come with the tools created in sub projects A and B.
This blog keeps track of the progress of the REPAR research project. Blog posts have been categorised into