Our relationship with the world is organised by intermediated spaces that structure both our inner and outer world at the same time (Belin, 1999). This transitional area, which is an interplay between our minds and the world, allows for creativity. It also enforces the mediatory role of design: being tangible as well as carriers of the imaginary allow us to create worlds, or landscapes, in between (Winnicott, 1971).
Cultural probes (Gaver et al., 1999) are a means of gathering qualitative data. Through self-reporting, participants respond to open-ended activities. It gathers the users’ perception, involving their emotions and feelings. Probes provide designers with insights on the users’ experience of their daily lives and environment.
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