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.
- See REPAR Background for additional information
In june 2013 the REPAR project organised a closing symposium entitled “Design Through Exploration”. During the symposium the results of the REPAR project were presented to a mix of academic and industrial audience. Visitors participated in three interactive workshops to experience idAnimate, Virtual Reality and the Co-Constructing Stories tools and methods. Furthermore, a booklet was presented that summarises the REPAR project and the outcome of the sub projects. The booklet is available for download, but you can also get a copy by contacting us.
Press coverage (Dutch)
- Designing in context(s), by Waag Society (june 2013)
- Symposium ‘Design through Exploration’, by Panton (july 2013)
- ‘Een ontwerper is geen trucker’, by Syntens (september 2013)
Three sub projects exist within the REPAR project, each covered by a PhD student.
- Sub Project A (idAnimate) 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.
Researcher: Javier Quevedo
- Sub Project B (Virtual Reality) 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.
Researcher: Jos Thalen
- Sub Project C (Co-Constructing Stories) 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.
Researcher: Derya Ozcelik
This blog keeps track of the progress of the REPAR research project. Blog posts have been categorised into
- REPAR General
- Sub Project A (idAnimate)
- Sub Project B (Virtual Reality)
- Sub Project C (Co-Constructing Stories)