Unfolding understandings: co-designing UbiComp In Situ, over time.

Halloran, John, Hornecker, Eva, Fitzpatrick, Geraldine, Weal, Mark J., Millard, David E., Michaelides, Danius T., Cruickshank, Don and Roure, David De (2006) Unfolding understandings: co-designing UbiComp In Situ, over time. In: Carroll, John M., Bodker, Susanne and Coughlin, Julie (eds.) Proceedings of DIS06: Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, & Techniques. ACM Press, University Park, PA, USA, pp. 109-118. ISBN 1595933670

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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
Additional Information: The publisher's version is located at the official url.
Keywords: In-situ methods, co-design, public spaces, time, tour guides, ubiquitous computing, user experience
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA0075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Depositing User: Chris Keene
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 16:51
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1356
Google Scholar:13 Citations

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