Imagining urban interactions: strategies for exploring future design landscapes.

Smyth, Michael and Helgason, Ingi (2011) Imagining urban interactions: strategies for exploring future design landscapes. In: 25th BCS Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 4-8 July 2011, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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For designers, attempting to respond to unknown design spaces can be a daunting task. This paper describes a series of workshops that presented rapid ethnographic design methods in city streets as a way of exploring human behaviours, and recording their traces. One instance of the workshop is described in detail to highlight the connections between the data gathering and the concept generation phases. Emphasis was placed on discovering “bleed points” where the virtual world can connect with the physical world. This activity was carried out with the aim of considering possibilities for interaction scenarios in future urban settings. The ethnographic observation and data gathering process itself was paramount in these workshops, enabling designers to engage with existing and potential interaction situations. Early concept development was the endpoint of this process, and designed responses were developed primarily to describe the emergent urban design space, rather than as a step towards any finished system or product.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Interactive media; design landscapes; ethnographic design; human behaviour;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 004 Data processing & computer science
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Item ID: 4618
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2011 08:46
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2011 08:46

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