Nancy Fried Foster
Lead Anthropologist and Co-Manager, Digital Initiatives Unit
University of Rochester
Director of Academic Computing Services & Digital Library Projects
The design of physical spaces such as help desks, information commons, classrooms, computer labs, and informal learning spaces needs to be informed by an understanding of the changing needs and habits of the people who use these spaces. We will provide an overview of a user-centered design project from concept through data collection and analysis to applications. This will include a concise description of several methods along with a look at some real data (video, photos, and other artifacts) and a discussion of their meaning and applications. We will also introduce an emerging web community that facilitates and provides resources for this kind of work. A live, participatory design activity will take place during the session.