Video brainstorming and prototyping: Techniques for participatory design

Wendy E. MacKay, Anne Laure Fayard

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This tutorial is designed for HCI designers and researchers interested in learning specific techniques for using video to support a range of participatory design activities. Based on a combination of lectures, video demonstrations and hands-on exercises, the tutorial will give participants practical experience using video to observe users in laboratory and field settings, to analyze multimedia data, to explore and capture design ideas (video brainstorming), to simulate interaction techniques with users (Wizard-of oz and video prototyping) and to present video-based design ideas to users and managers. Participants will gain experience shooting video and will address practical issues such as maintaining video archives and ethical issues such as obtaining informed consent. Although these video techniques are applicable in a variety of design settings, the emphasis here is on participatory design, using video as a tool to help users, researchers and designers gather and communicate design ideas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 1999
EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 1999 - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: May 15 1999May 20 1999


OtherConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 1999
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA


  • Brainstorming
  • Ethics
  • Participatory design
  • Prototyping
  • User observation
  • Video

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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