Extreme Co-design: Prototyping with and by the User for Appropriation of Web-connected Tags

Andrea Bellucci*, Giulio Jacucci, Veera Kotkavuori, Baris Serim, Imtiaj Ahmed, Salu Ylirisku

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We describe a field prototyping project where open-ended prototype tools for web-connected tags are weekly co-designed and programmed with and by the user. We call this approach Extreme Co-design to denote how design is inscribed in Extreme Programming sessions with rapid cycles of use, design and development that allow extensive exploration and experiencing of appropriation scenarios. Such an approach is particularly suited for repurposing malleable technologies such as RFID/NFC, which can take a variety of affordances and be applied for many uses, in particular acknowledging trends such as composition at end-user level of web functionality. We analyse the results of a one-month field work highlighting how to document explored ideas, appropriation scenarios, use try-outs, developed features and gained insights. We discuss this successful approach as a design tactic for unfinished products to foster end-users' creativity through situated use and show how Extreme Programming and in-situ deployment supported meaningful designer-user interactions that resulted in the advancement of the initial design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEND-USER DEVELOPMENT (IS-EUD 2015)
EditorsP Diaz, Pipek, C Ardito, C Jensen, Aedo, A Boden
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-18425-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-18424-1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Symposium of End-User Development - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 26 May 201529 May 2015
Conference number: 5

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


ConferenceInternational Symposium of End-User Development
Abbreviated title(IS-EUD)


  • Appropriation
  • Field study
  • Co-design
  • Extreme programming
  • In-situ deployment


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