Research Participant Information and Consent Form

This participant information form gives the information participants needs to consent to being part of the Honours Research project occurring in late 2017 at the University of Canberra by Dean Hewson, of which is a core part.

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Project Title

Between Users, Data and Design: Finding the Golden Path


Dean Hewson
Industrial Designer – Faculty of Arts and Design
(02) 6201 2593
u3155345 (at)
Twitter: @deanhewson


Assoc. Prof. Carlos Montana Hoyos
(02) 6201 2593
Carlos.Montana.Hoyos (at)

Project Aim

This is a research project to work towards democratising innovation by helping designers and users collaborate on customisable designs together.

Main question: How can data generated by user customisation of 3D digital designs democratise the Industrial Design process?

Sub question 1: Can a user generated data based design process enable fairer methods of user/designer collaboration?

Sub question 2: How can insights from user generated data be used effectively in the early stages of the industrial design process?

Benefits of the Project

Through the design, iteration and implementation of online 3D digital design ‘user toolkits’ the design innovation process can be democratised (von Hippel, 2005), and in so doing create products that better fit user, designer and manufacturer needs. This opening up of the design process has implications beyond just making useful products;  for sustainability, for personal development, for politics, and for the core relations between industry, economy and society.

General Outline of the Project

A digital platform is being developed ( to support digital user and designer collaboration on the collaborative development of design outcomes. The platform centers around ‘User Toolkits‘ that enable the customization of designs, a project management system for managing open design collaboration, and the capacity to build a community of interested parties around a particular User Toolkit idea. As a user creates their own version of a design with a User Toolkit, they create large amounts of data (both in terms of the options selected and the features of the resulting 3D digital model) that can then be analysed in order to generate insights with which to inform the next iteration of the toolkit. Qualitative data will also be gathered at this point. Passing insights derived from data back to both the users and the designers will allow each audience to reflexively affect the other, and provide structure to the conversation between them as they collaboratively develop designs.

Participant Involvement

Participants who agree to participate in the research will be asked to:

  1. Create a user profile on
  2. Complete a demographic survey as part of creating a profile
  3. Customise 3D Models using online User Toolkits
  4. Complete follow up surveys and engage in online discussions with other participants
  5. Receive email communications from Testbatch
  6. Learn a bit about design and themselves as they learn by doing

Further optional opportunities are available to:

  • Get help 3D printing outcomes you create
  • Get help putting your outcomes into Sketchfab so you can show other people
  • Make requests for specific customisations to User Toolkits or Outcomes
  • Share your Outcomes on for others to download
  • Be more involved in a Group or Project as part of the team responsible for it’s development and organisation.

Participation in the research is completely voluntary and participants may, without any penalty, decline to take part or withdraw at any time without providing an explanation or refuse to answer a question.

NB: The formal research tools are a subset of the data collection done on Other data collection (eg, informal surveys, polls and conversations) is done as part of the process for making design decisions and improving the website, and those decisions are are part of the formal research project but the raw data used to form them will not be shared.


Only the researcher will have access to all the individual information provided by participants. Privacy and confidentiality will be assured at all times. The research outcomes may be presented at conferences and written up for publication. However, in all these publications, the privacy and confidentiality of individuals will be protected. However, being a public website many of the participant’s actions and some of their information will be visible to other site members and the general public. Participants will be reminded of this during the project.


All reports and publications of the research will contain no information that can identify any individual and all information will be kept in the strictest confidence. Positive consent will be obtained from the participant in cases where identification might occur, such as when displaying a 3D printed object a participant has co-designed.

Data Storage

The information collected will be stored securely on a password protected computer throughout the project and then stored at the University of Canberra for the required five year period after which it will be destroyed according to university protocols. It will also be stored on a secured web server as part of the website. At the end of the research period, participants can choose to have their data removed from the website as it continues to develop.

Ethics Committee Clearance

The project is approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Canberra (HREC – number 17-193). You can also view the Ethics Application here.

You can register a user account for this site here:

Queries and Concerns

Queries or concerns regarding the research can be directed to the researcher and/or supervisor. Their contact details are at the top of this form. You can also contact the University of Canberra’s Research Ethics & Integrity Unit. You can either contact Mr Hendryk Flaegel via phone 02 6201 5220, Ms Maryanne Simpson via phone 02 6206 3916 or email


Consent Form

Research Consent Form

Project Title

Between Users, Data and Design: Finding the Golden Path

Consent Statement

I have read and understood the information about the research. I am not aware of any condition that would prevent my participation, and I agree to participate in this project. I have had the opportunity to ask questions about my participation in the research. All questions I have asked have been answered to my satisfaction.

Please indicate whether you agree to participate in each of the following parts of the research (please indicate which parts you agree to by ticking the relevant box):

Create a user profileComplete a demographic surveyCustomise 3D Models using online User ToolkitsComplete Follow up SurveysEngage in online discussions with other participants on the platform

A summary of the research report can be forwarded to you when published. Would you like to recieve a copy?




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