Values at Play


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Design Phase:

Method Overview

Value at Play presents initial steps toward the development of a systematic methodology for discovery, analysis, and integration of values in technology design.

Framework of ethics used

pragmatist

virtue

Method Intentions:

Get Started

1) Values Discovery: Create a working list of relevant values from value sources including Project Goals, Hypotheses, Prior Work, Designer Values, User Values, and Other Stakeholder Values. 2) Identifying Values-Based Conflicts: Check functional components for values conflicts. 3) Implementation and Prototyping: Work through values conflicts generated in specific functional components. Categorize the prototype: In our case, we used a) game-play; b) technical; c) aesthetic; d) character; e) simulation; f) behavior. Formulate a specific question for each prototype. Work in iterative cycles with reflective review, involving participants, such as design partners, to incorporate ongoing feedback. 4) Values Verification: From the list of initial and emergent project values, verify that desired project values are embedded in the project and others are not.

Further Reading

https://www.valuesatplay.org/ The website has a tab for research and resources related to Value at Play: https://www.valuesatplay.org/research-resources