Co-reflection is a relatively new methodology that involves users or stakeholders in the design process or in evaluation of design concepts by taking them through a “mini design process”. It proposes a simple three-step process for doing so: 1) exploration, 2) ideation, 3) confrontation. Through this process participants gain an better understanding of the design opportunity or issue at hand than with many other methodologies, and develop their own vision of what a solution should look like. As a result participants are more likely to understand and be critical of your design, or are more likely to be pro-active in suggesting solutions themselves.

It’s a useful tool in any user centred design process, but the real strength is the ability to involve users in early stages of the design process and discuss/gain early design ideas, as ┬áco-reflection helps them “think like a designer”.

A short article on the reasoning behind and process and application of co-reflection:

Contributor: RMIT University, 2013