Mixing Research Methods in HCI: Ethnography Meets Experimentation in Image Browser Design

  • T. C. Ormerod
  • J. Mariani
  • N. J. Morley
  • T. Rodden
  • A. Crabtree
  • J. Mathrick
  • G. Hitch
  • K. Lewis
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3425)

Abstract

We report the specification and evaluation of a browser designed to support sharing of digital photographs. The project integrated outcomes from experiments, ethnographic observations, and single-case immersive observations to specify and evaluate browser technologies. As well as providing and evaluating new browser concepts, a key outcome of our research is a case study showing the successful integration of ethnography and experimentation, research and design methods that are often viewed as orthogonal, sometimes even mutually exclusive, in HCI.

Keywords

Ethnography controlled experimentation digital photographs browser design and evaluation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. C. Ormerod
    • 1
  • J. Mariani
    • 1
  • N. J. Morley
    • 1
  • T. Rodden
    • 2
  • A. Crabtree
    • 2
  • J. Mathrick
    • 2
  • G. Hitch
    • 3
  • K. Lewis
    • 3
  1. 1.Lancaster UniversityLancasterUK
  2. 2.Nottingham UniversityNottinghamUK
  3. 3.York UniversityYorkUK

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