Domestic reflections, electric reflections: design interventions foregrounding energy mundanity in the home

McKinnon, Heather (2016) Domestic reflections, electric reflections: design interventions foregrounding energy mundanity in the home. Design Issues, 32(4), pp. 29-39.

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Abstract

For many years, Human-Computer Interaction and interaction design researchers have been exploring the potential for interactive technologies to encourage sustainable living practices. This paper examines existing literature concerning domestic energy feedback, interlacing past examples of domestic interventions into the discussion. It synthesises recent design research conducted around domestic energy-use and provides a discussion into household circumstances, everyday activities, and the use and role of design. The themes presented are threefold. First, the individual is contrasted to the household collective and in turn calls for the scope and scale of design interventions to be geared towards connection between household members. The second theme questions the everyday, and proposes new avenues of thought when designing for the mundanity of everyday life. Finally, I propose that a design approach which counteracts an affirmative design approach, such as critical design, is an appropriate fit when critiquing and evaluating the mundane, everyday aspects of domestic life.

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ID Code: 89232
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Urban Informatics, Interaction Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Design Research, Sustainability, Energy, Households, Mundanity, Critical Design
DOI: 10.1162/DESI_a_00414
ISSN: 1531-4790
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Innovation (120302)
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 2015 MIT Press: Design Issues Journal
Deposited On: 19 Oct 2015 00:22
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2016 15:35

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