Title: A Value Sensitive Design Case Study: Why Values Do (not) Design
Authors: Zaman, Bieke
JafariNaimi, Nassim
Issue Date: Aug-2015
Host Document: Workshop Charting the Next Decade for Value Sensitive Design, Critical Alternatives Conference
Series Title: The decennial Aarhus conferences
Conference: The decennial Aarhus Conference edition:5 location:Aarhus date:2015
Abstract: The need for engaging with values in the processes of design has gained increasing attention in the last decades of Human-Computer Interaction research. However, literature that critically outlines the way values serve research and design is scant. In this paper, we draw on a case study of researching and designing parental media controls as a starting point to critically reflect on
the way that values serve design. Firstly, we argue that research on identifying, listing and defining sets of values should be complemented with story-based illustrations of values that communicate the situated and concrete nature of how values matter in and for design practice. Secondly, we highlight that even
the most idealistic attempt to account for all stakeholders’ voices does not eliminate issues related to power. We posit that a more nuanced understanding of power is needed where we move beyond the ideal of striving for identical power symmetry and embrace more authentic alternatives where we are accountable for
the imbalances in respectful and open conversations instead. We conclude by reopening the debate on how values serve design, pointing to the potential of continuous engagements with values
as hypotheses.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Institute for Media Studies

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