Given social science researchers’ increasing interest in materiality and embodied practices, there is considerable potential for productive methodological engagement with design-based research practices. In this chapter, we explore the potential of conducting social science research ‘through design’ (Lupton, 2018: 2, emphasis added). We reflect on a series of workshops investigating the societal implications and impact of digital technologies on the mediation of touch communication. The workshops used the design-based research method of rapid prototyping as a quick and approximate way to engage with ideas of remote digital touch communication that draw the ...
Rapid Prototyping for Social Science Research