Sensitive aunt provotype

Boer, Laurens & Donovan, Jared (2012) Sensitive aunt provotype. [Design/Architectural Work]

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The Sensitive Aunt Provotype was designed as part of Indoor Climate, a three-year research study of participatory design and user-driven innovation. It resulted from collaboration between two universities and five industry partners. Indoor Climate sought to understand experiences of comfort in domestic, business and institutional environments. This involved a literature review on the meaning of comfort, an ethnographic study of indoor environments, a provotyping process designed to provoke debate, and the design development of new products. A provotype is a provocative prototype. The title of the work Sensitive Aunt was derived from an analogy by one of the project partners and the colours emitted by the device represent the temperature, light intensity and air quality of the environment in which it is placed. In addition, the LED screen suggests actions to improve the indoor climate. The sensitive aunt provotype was designed to provoke conversation around different conceptions of a new product or service from the perspectives of manufacturers and design users. While both speculative design and provotypes inspire debate, speculative design focuses on the normative protocols of design industries while provotypes trigger discussion with the industry partners. Critically challenging ideas such as 21 degrees is the temperature in which people should be comfortable, provotypes combine participation and provocation and open up design to issues of refocus on usability and values.

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ID Code: 82975
Item Type: Creative Work (Design/Architectural Work)
Refereed: No
Material: 3D printed plastic and electronics.
Measurements or Duration: 2 provotypes, each 18cm x 18cm x 10cm
Location: From date: To date:
Feral Experimental Exhibition: National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW Galleries, Sydney 2014-07-18 2014-08-30
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Keywords: Provotypes, Participatory Innovation, Design
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Digital and Interaction Design (120304)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 30 Mar 2015 23:08
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2015 01:18

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