Prototyping Things: Reflecting on Unreported Objects of Design Research for IoT

Taylor, Nick, Rogers, Jon, Clarke, Loraine, Skelly, Martin, Wallace, Jayne, Thomas, Pete, George, Babitha, Raj, Romit, Shorter, Mike and Thorne, Michelle (2021) Prototyping Things: Reflecting on Unreported Objects of Design Research for IoT. In: DIS '21: Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021: June 28–July 2, 2021, Virtual Event: “Nowhere and Everywhere”. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, pp. 1807-1816. ISBN 9781450384766

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Prototypes and other ‘things’ have had many uses in HCI research—to help understand a problem, as a stepping stone towards a solution, or as a final outcome of a research process. However, within the messy context of a research through design project, many of these roles do not form part of the final research narratives, restricting the ability of other researchers to learn from this practice. In this paper we revisit prototypes used in three different design research projects, conducted over a period when the Internet of Things emerged into everyday life, exploring complex hidden relationships between the internet, people and physical objects. We aim to explore the unreported roles that prototypes played in these projects, including brokering relationships with participants and deconstructing opaque technologies. We reflect on how these roles align with existing understandings of prototypes in HCI, with particular attention to how these roles can contribute to design around IoT.

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Additional Information: Funding information: The projects in this paper were funded by the EPSRC Connected High Streets project (EP/L02358X/1), the GCRF/SFC Decentralising India’s Digital Futures project and by grants from the Mozilla Foundation.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Prototypes, design, research through design, research objects, things, Internet of Things
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2021 14:20
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 10:34

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