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Co-creating narratives: an approach to the design of interactive medical devices, informed by phenomenology  

Rowan Page, Mark Richardson 

Monash University (2)

Keywords: phenomenology; medical device design; co-design; interaction


This paper attempts to articulate a philosophical underpinning, an attitude, with which to approach the design of interactive medical devices. This exploration is undertaken through drawing upon and connecting ideas from relevant discourses within the; medical, human computer interaction (HCI), and design fields. Through exploring the common discourse of phenomenological research in these three fields, this paper seeks to provide an introduction to a transdisciplinary foundation relevant to researchers working within the intersection of these fields. In my own design practice, this is explored through the co-creation of an intersubjective feedback cycle between designer and design recipient through a combination of co-design sessions and speculative design probes. Stopping short of suggesting a framework, this paper proposes that adopting a phenomenological attitude to research might benefit design researchers working in the medical field, providing a transdisciplinarycommon ground for working within, and communicating across; design, HCI, and medicine. 

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Cite this paper: Page, R., Richardson, M. (2016). Co-creating narratives; an approach to the design of interactive medical devices, informed by phenomenology. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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