Prototyping Complex Systems: A Diary Study Approach to Understand the Design Process

  • Jumana AlmahmoudEmail author
  • Almaha Almalki
  • Tarfah Alrashed
  • Areej Alwabil
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9746)


Diary studies in human-computer interaction (HCI) design are qualitative methods for collecting data about users’ behavior and insights while going through an experience or interacting with a certain system. This paper examines the efficacy of using this method in exploring the design process for complex engineering systems. An online diary study was conducted to capture data from designers working on an interactive visualization platform for large-scale data sets. Design implications and insights for practitioners and developers are discussed.


Diary study Complex systems Artifacts UX HCI 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jumana Almahmoud
    • 1
    Email author
  • Almaha Almalki
    • 1
  • Tarfah Alrashed
    • 1
  • Areej Alwabil
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Complex Engineering Systems (CCES)King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)RiyadhSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Ideation LabMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)CambridgeUSA

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