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IDEMC1: Contextmapping

Wednesday 22 09.00 until 23 March 2017 17.30
subscription deadline: 13 March 2017

Involving people in design processes as experts of their experience

Pieter Jan Stappers, Professor Design Techniques, IDE, TU Delft

Contextmapping is just what it says it is: making a map of the context (of use). Introduced in 2003, the term refers to an approach to exploratory and participatory design research which makes use of the expertise of the user and the skills of the designer.


Contextmapping offers a procedure for conducting contextual research with users, where tacit knowledge is gained about the context of product use. It was developed specifically to inform and inspire design teams, so that users and other stakeholders can actively participate in the design process to ensure a good fit between the design and the use of a product or service, and the core competences of the producer/company. Participants learn the theory of contextmapping in a series of lectures and practical exercises.

Learning objectives

During this master class, you will:


Teachers and roles

All three will work hands-on with the participants, and reflect on their work experience and results in the exercises.

Participant: "It were two fun and intensive days. Learning at such a high speed made me glow for another two days. Thank you for this experience and the chance to learn!"

Participant: "The information-dense program allowed me to learn lots in a short time-span. Also, the basic structure is clear and repeatable, while you can tailor-make it to your project. The investments in material and time are relatively low compared to the generated information."


Programme Day 1

09.00 - 09.30 Registration

09.30 - 10.00

10.00 - 11.00¬†Lecture ‚Äď The basics of contextmapping

11.00 - 11.30 Break

11.30 - 13.00 Workshop 1: generative sessions

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 15.30 Workshop 2: Creating a toolkit

15.30 - 16.00 Break

16.00 - 17.30 Field exercise

Programme Day 2

09.30 - 11.00 Workshop 3 - Analysis and idea generation

11.00 - 11.30 Break

11.30 - 13.00 Presentations: industry experiences

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 15.30

15.30 - 16.00 Break

16.00 - 17.00

17.00 - 17.30

Practical information

Books and materials 
The introductory booklet Context mapping will be sent to you by mail and you will receive the booklet at the beginning of the course. Handouts of all lectures will be provided with space for personal notes. At the end of the course, you will also get the advanced book ‚ÄėConvivial Toolbox‚Äô by Sanders & Stappers (2012). All materials provided are included in the course fee.

How to prepare? 
One week before the course, you will receive a small exercise toolkit to get you in the spirit of the course; this will take well under an hour to prepare. Furthermore it can be useful if you think of a case from your design practice to bring to the course.

After the course
Two months after the course a preset consultation timeslot will be offered to all participants to share experiences and consult the Master.

Pieter Jan Stappers (1959) is full Professor of Design Techniques at IDE, TU Delft. He is one of the driving forces behind the concept of Contextmapping, with 25 years’ experience of developing tools and techniques for the early design phase.

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