Seeding the Design Process for Future Problems

  • Peter Newman
  • Stephen Forshaw
  • Will Simm
  • Maria Angela Ferrario
  • Jon Whittle
  • Adrian Friday
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8742)


Designing with the community brings about a number of benefits, including tacit and contextual knowledge about the problem domain; this is especially apparent in rural settings. However, designing for problems that have yet to embed themselves in the fabric of society (i.e. future problems) poses a number of challenges, as they typically present intangible scenarios and concepts that have yet to be experienced by the wider-community. Using the OnSupply project as a case study, we share our experience in working with the Tiree community to address a future problem through a technology-mediated enquiry. Furthermore, we present a novel process that uses creative workshops augmented with physical artefacts to inform and learn from the community about a problem space, and to seed the design of a system that addresses it.


User-driven Creative workshop Design Future problem 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Newman
    • 1
  • Stephen Forshaw
    • 2
  • Will Simm
    • 1
  • Maria Angela Ferrario
    • 3
  • Jon Whittle
    • 1
  • Adrian Friday
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computing and CommunicationsLancaster UniversityLancasterUK
  2. 2.Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary ArtsLancaster UniversityLancasterUK
  3. 3.Lancaster University Management SchoolLancaster UniversityLancasterUK

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