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Improvised Videos

Improvised Videos are short films recorded with smartphones to support a codesign process. They represent everyday scenarios where the design object plays a protagonist role. The interaction with the design object is depicted through variegated film and theater techniques such as enactment, role playing, props, puppets, cuts, and transitions.

The main advantage of using video is the small amount of time required to materialize interactions that unfold through time and space. The possibility of improvising and recording over again also makes it suitable to codesign with many stakeholders.

I made a tutorial with various examples of Improvised Videos (in Portuguese).


Frederick M. C. van Amstel, Rodrigo Freese Gonzatto, and Gláucio H. M. Moro. 2018. Improvised Video as a Medium for Learning and Designing Interactions. In Proceedings of the 17th Brazilian Symposium on Human Factors in Computing Systems(IHC 2018), Raquel O. Prates, Heloisa Candello, André P. Freire, Isabela Gasparini, Marcelle Mota, and Bianchi Serique (Eds.). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 28, 11 pages. DOI:

Categories: Methods & Tools.

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