Print Email Facebook Twitter Provotyping in the wild: A research project about provocative prototypes in the fuzzy front end of an innovation project Title Provotyping in the wild: A research project about provocative prototypes in the fuzzy front end of an innovation project Author Botermans, B.A.M. Contributor Aprile, W.A. (mentor) Sleeswijk Visser, F. (mentor) Donovan, J. (mentor) Faculty Industrial Design Engineering Department Industrial Design Programme Master of Science Design for Interaction Date 2011-04-15 Abstract This report is about my final Design for Interaction master’s project I did at SPIRE research centre in Sønderborg about provotyping. This work is part of PhD candidate Laurens Boer’s promotion. Provotypes are provocative prototypes that are used at the fuzzy frontend of an innovation project to understand how people experience phenomena they earlier took for granted. Providing them with tools to interact with the phenomenon gives them a new experience. The difference with other methods that achieve user insight through artefacts is that in the provotype method people are made to reflect on a new experience they get with the provotype itself. The main research question is: what are the most important factors when creating a provotype that makes people reflect on an intangible phenomenon that was formerly taken for granted? Hypotheses are generated based on literature and earlier work: sensing, feedback, interaction, shape, time, ambiguity and reflection. The playground to test these hypotheses regarding provotyping as a method is the indoor climate and quality of life project. This project is a participatory design project that involves 2 universities and 5 business partners interested in acquiring a good insight of indoor climate comfort. The indoor climate project has been going on since August 2008. In this period ethnographic studies are done which resulted in comfort themes that may lead to innovation tracks. Based on these themes the direction for the project is decided. Bridging feeling and understanding is the one that showed to have to most opportunities to test the hypotheses. A range of provotypes is generated that aim to make people reflect on their indoor climate. These provotypes are made into scenarios for reviewing. From these reviews one final provotype is developed. The dominant indoor climate variables are combined in a lamp that shows the state of the indoor climate. Participants are asked to generate material during a review session to connect the state of the lamp to the activity that was going and how they felt at the time. By creating this material they get back to that moment and can reflect to connect feeling and understanding. Field studies have been performed with three families that were interested in their indoor climate: One Danish family that received an earlier vase provotype as a pilot test. One Danish family received the lamp provotype and one Dutch family also received the lamp provotype. From the studies it can be concluded that the lamp succeeded in giving people insight in their indoor climate by letting them explore their home environment, but failed in getting information about what people experienced as comfort. This failure leads to research opportunities to improve how to bridge this experience of the phenomenon with what is experienced with the provotype. When looking at the hypotheses, the only conclusion that can be drawn from the field studies is that a minimalistic shape works better for engaging with the provotype. The rest of the hypotheses are only pointers that had a positive effect. An output that encompasses multiple variables and showing them into one whole makes people aware that the bigger phenomenon consists of different smaller parts that are interconnected. Active participation and ability to change the output in real time helps to reflect on the phenomenon. Subject provotypingprototypeinteractivetechnologyDenmarkuserresearch To reference this document use: uuid:2f2fb381-97ef-4f39-a3ed-31e8eb9085a9 Access restriction Campus only Part of collection Student theses Document type master thesis Rights (c) 2011 Botermans, B.A.M.