The Body Biography as a User-Centered Design Practice: Four Artists Narrate Their Studio Stories

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Morawski, Cynthia Marlene




Although best practices have been associated with art studios for individuals with disabilities, there is a gap in pertinent literature on obtaining feedback from the artists. Consequently, I conducted a qualitative research study, theoretically and practically grounded in narrative inquiry and multimodal literacies in relation to accessibility via user-centered design. The center piece was the body biography practice used to access the artists' feedback for informing best practices in their studio. Findings led to insights in (i) helping studios facilitate best practices,(ii) addressing online design implications of the body biography practice, and (iii) helping individuals designing for people with disabilities.


Industrial design




Carleton University

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