Pattern Languages in Participatory Design [chapter]

Janet Finlay, Elizabeth Allgar, Andy Dearden, Barbara McManus
2002 People and Computers XVI - Memorable Yet Invisible  
In recent years the Human-Computer Interaction community has witnessed a growing interest in the use of 'design patterns' and 'pattern languages', a representation for design knowledge based on the work of the architect Christopher Alexander. In this paper, we re-examine Alexander's work, highlighting his participatory approach to design, his use of patterns in design generation and his ethical commitment to designing life-enhancing artefacts. Based on this review, we report on three studies
more » ... loring the use of pattern languages as tools to support a participatory approach to interactive systems design. Our results suggest that pattern languages can enable users to participate in a generative design process but that issues of form and facilitation need careful consideration.
doi:10.1007/978-1-4471-0105-5_10 fatcat:xnbt6wrwi5a6xakfwbskplw35a