Submitted to the College of Information Studies doctoral program in fulfillment of the integrative paper requirement for admission to candidacy at the University of Maryland.
This paper reports on the prototype design of DisCo, a computer-based design tool that
facilitates distributed co-design through Layered Elaboration. Layered Elaboration is a
co-design technique that, until now, has relied on paper and clear transparencies to
generate ideas through an iterative process in which each version leaves prior ideas intact.
The new computer-based system allows co-designers to work asynchronously while
being geographically distributed. DisCo contains tools that allow the designers to iterate,
annotate, and communicate from within the tool.