Design Democratization with Communities: Drawing Toward Locally Meaningful Design

Design Democratization with Communities: Drawing Toward Locally Meaningful Design

Naska Winschiers-Goagoses (Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany), Heike Winschiers-Theophilus (School of Information Technology, Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia), Kasper Rodil (Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark), Gereon Koch Kapuire (School of Information Technology, Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia) and Kasper Jensen (School of Information Technology, Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia)
DOI: 10.4018/jskd.2012100103
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Abstract

The authors present community drawing as meaningful representations to inform locally valid technology design. They investigate recognition within and across cultural borders, thereby exposing variances of localities. The study contributes to the still scarce body of empirical work on culturally meaningful development of visual representations and recognition, as part of a longitudinal research project in which we co-design a 3D visualization for a specific Namibian pilot site.
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2. Creating Meaning Of Visual Representations

Object recognition requires an integration of visual input, processing and semantic information and therefore conceptual knowledge is a constantly interacting aspect of object processing (Clarke et al., 2011; Rahman & Sommer, 2008). Theories describe the process of object recognition occurring in two ways; either bottom-up or top-down processing, although it is now commonly believed that both play a role in object recognition (Epshtein et al., 2008). Knowledge is an important aspect of top-down processing, shaping early perception and allowing for the recognition of visually demanding and blurred images limited to once own prior knowledge (Rahman & Sommer, 2008).

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