A Scenario-Based Design Method with Photo Diaries and Photo Essays

  • Kentaro Go
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4550)


In this paper, we propose a requirements elicitation method called Scenarios, Photographic Essays and Diaries as User Probes (SPED-UP). In SPED-UP participants create photographic diaries and photographic essays themselves. Each participant creates photographic diaries to capture a day in their own life. They reflect upon their personal experiences and create photographic essays based upon this reflection. This approach enables designers to collect user data conveniently. Designers, who might be participants themselves in a participatory approach, can then analyze these experiences by forming design concepts, envision scenarios by imagining contexts of use, and create artifacts by sketching these scenarios. We also describe an exemplary workshop using the SPED-UP approach.


user research photographic diary photographic essay probe requirements inquiry scenario 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kentaro Go
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  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Medicine and Engineering, University of Yamanashi, 4-3-11 Takeda, Kofu 400-8511Japan

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