Workplace surfaces as resource for social interactions

Vyas, Dhaval & Nijholt, Anton (2009) Workplace surfaces as resource for social interactions. In Proceedings of the 8th International Workshop on Social Intelligence Design (SID2009), Kansai Seminar House, Kyoto, Japan, pp. 187-189.


Space and spatial arrangements play an important role in our everyday social interactions. The way we use and manage our surrounding space is not coincidental, on the contrary, it reflects the way we think, plan and act. Within collaborative contexts, its ability to support social activities makes space an important component of human cognition in the post-cognitive era. As technology designers, we can learn a lot by rigorously understanding the role of space for the purpose of designing collaborative systems. In this paper, we describe an ethnographic study on the use of workplace surfaces in design studios. We introduce the idea of artful surfaces. Artful surfaces are full of informative, inspirational and creative artefacts that help designers accomplish their everyday design practices. The way these surfaces are created and used could provide information about how designers work. Using examples from our fieldwork, we show that artful surfaces have both functional and inspirational characteristics. We indentify four types of artful surfaces: personal, shared, project-specific and live surfaces. We believe that a greater insight into how these artful surfaces are created and used could lead to better design of novel display technologies to support designers’ everyday work.

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ID Code: 70071
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Space, Surface, Design practice, Ethnography
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 11 Apr 2014 00:41
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2014 00:15

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