Thing Ethnography: Doing Design Research with Non-Humans

Elisa Giaccardi, Nazli Cila, Chris Speed, Melissa Caldwell

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Abstract

Drawing from a study of everyday home practices from a material objects' perspective, this paper examines the potential that a thing ethnography holds for both design and anthropology. In doing so, the paper challenges anthropocentric assumptions about the world, and opens up ways of understanding relationships among people, objects and use practices that would be difficult to elicit through traditional observations and interviews alone.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS'16
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages377-387
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4031-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventDIS'16 The 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 4 Jun 20168 Jun 2016

Conference

ConferenceDIS'16 The 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane
Period4/06/168/06/16

Keywords

  • Data worlds
  • Internet of things
  • Non-anthropocentrism
  • Thing ethnography
  • Thing perspective
  • Things as co-ethnographers
  • Use practices

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