Domestic Widgets: Leveraging Household Creativity in Co-Creating Data Physicalisations

Verweij, David, Kirk, David, Rogage, Kay and Durrant, Abigail (2019) Domestic Widgets: Leveraging Household Creativity in Co-Creating Data Physicalisations. In: RTD 2019 - Fourth Biennial Research Through Design Conference: Method & Critique: Frictions and Shifts in RTD, 19th - 22nd March 2019, Delft & Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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The home environment is a complex design space, especially when it has multiple inhabitants. As such, the home presents challenges for the design of smart products. Householders may be different ages and have differing interests, needs, and attitudes towards technology. We pursued a research-through-design study with family households to envision and ‘co-create’ the future of data-enabled artifacts for their homes. We have iteratively developed domestic research artefacts for these households that are open, data-enabled, physical visualizations. These artefacts - called Domestic Widgets - are customisable in their design and functionality throughout their lifespan. The development process highlights design challenges for sustained co-creation and the leveraging of household creativity in (co-creation) research toolkits. These include the need to allow and inspire iterative customization, the need to accommodate changing roles within the home ecology, and the aim that such design should be inclusive for all family members (irrespective of age and technical proficiency), whilst maintaining a role and purpose in the home. We invite the RTD community to critically discuss our, and other, open and iterative end-user designs for sustained co-creation. By presenting unbuilt and interactive pre-built Domestic Widgets, we interactively foster engagement with practises of sustained co-creation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Internet of Things, Co-Creation, Physical Visualisations, Research Toolkit, Family, Research through design
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2019 16:33
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 12:19

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