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The value of values : an approach to resourcing co-design of UbiComp

Halloran, J. and Hornecker, E. and Stringer, M. and Harris, E. and Fitzpatrick, G. (2009) The value of values : an approach to resourcing co-design of UbiComp. CoDesign: international journal of cocreation in design and the arts, 5 (4). pp. 245-273.

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The importance of values in design work is gaining increasing attention. However, some of the work to date takes an approach which starts with generic values, or assumes values are constant. Through discussion of three accounts of value discovery and value evolution in projects focused on exploring novel uses of ubiquitous computing, we complement current thinking by arguing for the use of users' values as a resource in the co-design process. In particular, this paper shows how users' values: (a) are spontaneously expressed whether or not particular elicitation methods are used; (b) are not fixed, but can change dynamically during the co-design process in response to ideas, prototypes and demonstrators; (c) help mediate and shape the relationships of users to designers; (d) can support users' creative, functional and technical engagement in co- design - areas that can often prove difficult. Focusing on practical examples that demonstrate this approach, we conclude that values may act as a central resource for co-design in a larger variety of ways than has hitherto been recognised.