Rich pictures for stakeholder dialogue: a polyphonic picture book

Abigail C. Durrant, David S. Kirk , Wendy Moncur, Kathryn M. Orzech, Robyn Taylor, Diego Trujillo Pisanty

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We describe the design and use of a 'polyphonic picture book' for engaging stakeholders and research participants with findings from an interdisciplinary project investigating how UK citizens create and manage online identities at three significant life transitions. The project delivered socio-cultural and technical findings to inform policy-making and service innovation for enhancing digital literacy in online self-representation. The picture book presented findings through multi-perspectival, fictional scenarios about experiences of life transition. We describe our use of the book with our stakeholders in five workshop settings and our evaluation of the visual format for fostering stakeholder dialogue around the findings and their transferability. This paper contributes methodological insights about using visual storytelling to scaffold interpretative, dialogical contexts of research engagement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-148
Number of pages27
JournalDesign Studies
Early online date2 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2018


  • communication
  • interaction design
  • design research
  • interdisciplinarity
  • picture book

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    Charting the Digital Lifespan

    Moncur, W.

    Project: Projects from Previous Employment

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    • 3 Citations
    • 1 Article

    Opportunities and challenges of the digital lifespan: views of service providers and citizens in the UK

    Orzech, K. M., Moncur, W., Durrant, A. & Trujillo-Pisanty, D., 17 Nov 2018, In : Information Communication and Society. 21, 1, p. 14-29 16 p.

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    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

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    Durrant, A. C., Kirk , D. S., Moncur, W., Orzech, K. M., Taylor, R., & Pisanty, D. T. (2018). Rich pictures for stakeholder dialogue: a polyphonic picture book. Design Studies, 56, 122-148.