On February 10, 2011, I had the pleasure of facilitating the second visual research methods workshop the the University of Toronto, with the support the Knowledge Media Design Institute and the Faculty of Information.
The workshop was inspired by David Gauntlett’s ArtLab Lego Serious Play project, during which he had research participants build representations of the identities out of clay.
In this version of the workshop, the participants – students, researchers and professors – modelled their research ideas out of clay and explained their clay models with each other. This physical representation of an abstract concept allowed the participants to focus their ideas and discuss them with their peers. In turn, the other participants were able to quickly understand the research idea and provide feedback, suggestions and critiques.
The workshop would not have happened without each person’s commitment to the workshop and enthusiasm for this technique. Thank you to all who, through their support and encouragement, made this possible. I hope that we will soon have another!