I will be at CHI’2017 conference, presenting a paper on HaptiSonic artefacts as part of the Things of Design workshop. The workshop explores design research, as a growing mode of research within the HCI community, and the role of the artifact in generating knowledge outcomes from research through design (RtD).
Methods to engage users in the design process often rely on visual techniques to facilitate the expression and communica- tion of design ideas. The visual nature of these tools makes them inaccessible to people living with visual impairments. We used haptic and sonic artefacts in the form of highly mal- leable prototypes combined with audio diaries to engage with visually-impaired sound engineers and audio production spe- cialists to explore access to digital audio workstations (DAWs). We present our approach to using these artefacts and reflect on the role they played in our design process.