Unfolding understandings: Co-designing ubicomp in situ, over time

Halloran, John, Hornecker, Eva, Fitzpatrick, Geraldine, Weal, Mark, Millard, David, Michaelides, Danius, Cruickshank, Don and De Roure, David (2006) Unfolding understandings: Co-designing ubicomp in situ, over time. In: Dis '06: Proceedings of the 6th ACM conference on designing interactive systems. ACM Press, University Park, PA, USA, pp. 109-118. ISBN 9781595933676

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A key challenge in co-designing UbiComp is that users may have limited understanding or experience of these technologies. While the value of situated co-design activities for promoting understanding is known, the role of time is less well researched. Here we describe and reflect on a range of co-design activities carried out with the curators of an historic English manor house to create novel visitor tours. We show how an ensemble of situated co-design activities over time led to the unfolding of user understanding around issues of content, technology and user experience, in turn leading to a progressive re-imagining of practice. This points to the importance of time and variety of in-situ activities to help people engage as co-designers in creating novel UbiComp-enabled experiences.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Ubiquitous computing, co-design, in-situ methods, time, public spaces, user experience, tour guides
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Geraldine Ann Fitzpatrick
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2009
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 16:49
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/257
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