Small-Scale Design Experiments as Working Spaces for Larger Mobile Communication Challenges

Sarah Lowe, Dagny Stuedahl


In this paper we use a small-scale design experiment to outline three distinct challenges for educating emerging designers entering the field of mobile communication – in particular within the space of a museum­. Challenges related to design research which have arisen as valid investigative needs from observed outcomes of a co-design experiment. We also contend that placing emphasis on discovering future needs from small-scale experiments is applicable across design pedagogies and provides students with a framework for conducting deeper analysis and research.


mobile communication, distributed museum, Participatory design, small scale prototyping, social media, urban participation, design literacies

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