1 The Mads Clausen Institute, Faculty of Engineering, SDU2 SDU Design, The Mads Clausen Institute, Faculty of Engineering, SDU3 SDU Design, Department of Design og Kommunikation, Faculty of Humanities, SDU4 The Mads Clausen Institute, Faculty of Engineering, SDU5 SDU Design, Department of Design og Kommunikation, Faculty of Humanities, SDU
Through a series of participatory activities within a product development project, we analyse how these activities influence the design process and how new meaning is created through the interaction of crossing intentions (Larsen, 2010). By focusing on a specific theme in the project we reflect on how participatory activities are a key part in establishing important interactions between participants resulting in new design approaches. At other times participatory activities become a part of blurring these new approaches when performing new participatory activities towards developing new iterations of the concept in focus. We conclude that participatory activities can play a key part in the uptake of user knowledge but that a participatory innovation approach of establishing collaboration between crossing intentions can as well be considered provocative and as such, result in resistance and exclusion of potential project partners.