Annotated Portfolios as a Method to Analyse Interviews

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This paper explores the use of annotated portfolios as a method to support the qualitative analysis of interview data about design projects. Annotated portfolios have so far been used to support artefacts with text in order to discuss them in the context of ‘research through design’ In this paper, we interpret the five-step method of McCracken and relate it to annotated portfolios to analyse interviews. We use a case study on design projects related to 3D printing and sustainability to illustrate the process. Five designers were interviewed to obtain a deeper understanding of the role of Additive Manufacturing in practice. These interviews were analysed in a visual process with annotated portfolios. The use of annotated portfolios is considered a meaningful approach to analyse interviews, because it leads to a more transparent analysis process: The visuals are rich in information, bring clarity to the data for interpretation and pattern finding and make this stage insightful for discussion with peers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of DRS 2018
EditorsC. Storni, K. Leahy, M. McMahon, P. Lloyd, E. Bohemia
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherDesign Research Society
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-1-912294-18-3
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventDRS 2018: Design as a catalyst for change - Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 25 Jun 201828 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of DRS
PublisherDesign Research Society
ISSN (Print)2398-3132


ConferenceDRS 2018


  • annotated portfolios
  • visual analysis of interviews
  • research through design
  • circular economy


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