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Understanding Designers' Use of Paper in Early Design and its Implication for Informal Tools

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Title: Understanding Designers' Use of Paper in Early Design and its Implication for Informal Tools
Author(s): Cook, Damon J.; Bailey, Brian P.
Subject(s): Human-computer interaction Design methods
Abstract: While informal tools can benefit early design, their use requires that a designer give up the richer affordances of physical tools such as paper. To better understand the importance of physical tools for early design, we conducted contextual interviews with twelve designers from diverse domains. We found that paper is an integral part of the early design process and argue that informal tools will not realize their full potential unless they provide benefits similar to those of paper. We recommend that informal tools provide a mechanism to connect the use of physical tools to complement their electronic interface. We discuss several such mechanisms for an existing informal tool.
Issue Date: 2004-10
Genre: Technical Report
Type: Text
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/10921
Other Identifier(s): UIUCDCS-R-2004-2486
Rights Information: You are granted permission for the non-commercial reproduction, distribution, display, and performance of this technical report in any format, BUT this permission is only for a period of 45 (forty-five) days from the most recent time that you verified that this technical report is still available from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Computer Science Department under terms that include this permission. All other rights are reserved by the author(s).
Date Available in IDEALS: 2009-04-17
 

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