Ritual Machines I & II: Making Technology at Home

Kirk, David, Chatting, David, Yurman, Paulina and Bichard, Jo-Anne (2016) Ritual Machines I & II: Making Technology at Home. In: Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '16. Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 2474-2486. ISBN 978-1-4503-3362-7

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Changing patterns of both work-related mobility and domestic arrangements mean that 'mobile workers' face challenges to support and engage in family life whilst travelling for work. Phatic devices offer some potential to provide connection at a distance alongside existing communications infrastructure. Through a bespoke design process, incorporating phases of design ethnography, critical technical practice and provotyping we have developed Ritual Machines I and II as material explorations of mobile workers' lives and practices. In doing this we sought to reflect upon the practices through which families accomplish mobile living, the values they place in technology for doing 'family' at a distance and to draw insights in to the potential roles of digital technology in supporting them. We frame the design of our phatic devices in discussion of processes of bespoke design, offer advice on supporting mobile workers when travelling and articulate the values of making a technology at home when designing for domestic and mobile settings.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ritual; Family; Phatic; Bespoke; Mobility
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2018 09:17
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 08:18
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33091

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