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Persuasive Engagement: Exploiting lifestyle as a driving force to promoteenergy-aware use patterns and behaviours
Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för datavetenskap, MDALAB - Human Computer Interfaces. Linköpings universitet, Tekniska högskolan.
Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för datavetenskap, MDALAB - Human Computer Interfaces. Linköpings universitet, Tekniska högskolan.
Product and Service Design, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm.
2008 (engelsk)Konferansepaper, Publicerat paper (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

Electricity consumption has been rising significantly in the western world the last decades and this affect the environment negatively. Efficient use and more energy conservative usage patterns could be ways to approach this problem. However, electricity has for a long time actively been hidden away and it is rarely thought of unless it ceases to exist. From the perspective of critical design, we have been working to find methods to visualise electricity and electricity consumption in everyday life to promote environmentally positive behavioural change. In this paper, we are looking at how aspects of lifestyles can be used in design as central driving forces that could lead to changed behaviour. Attempts to promote behavioural changes related to energy consumption might be successfully carried out when people are offered desirable alternatives that are engaging and that do not impose a perceived extra burden in their everyday life. This argument is exemplified through two design concepts, the AWARE Laundry Lamp and the Energy Plant, which are examples on how to increase people’s energy awareness and offer them means for reducing their energy consumption in the home. Both prototypes are inspired by current trends in lifestyle as well as actual observed user behaviour.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
2008.
Emneord [en]
Interaction Design; Sustainable Design; Energy; Lifestyle; Persuasive Design
HSV kategori
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67462OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-67462DiVA, id: diva2:410322
Konferanse
Design Research Society International Conference 2008 (DRS2008), 16–19 July 2008, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Tilgjengelig fra: 2011-04-13 Laget: 2011-04-13 Sist oppdatert: 2011-04-13bibliografisk kontrollert
Inngår i avhandling
1. Sustainable Interactions: Studies in the Design of Energy Awareness Artefacts
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Sustainable Interactions: Studies in the Design of Energy Awareness Artefacts
2011 (engelsk)Licentiatavhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

This thesis presents a collection of experimental designs that approach the problem of growing electricity consumption in homes. From the perspective of design, the intention has been to critically explore the design space of energy awareness artefacts to reinstate awareness of energy use in everyday practice. The design experiments were used as vehicles for thinking about the relationship between physical form, interaction, and social practice. The rationale behind the concepts was based on a small-scale ethnography, situated interviews, and design experience. Moreover, the thesis compares designer intention and actual user experiences of a prototype that was installed in nine homes in a residential area in Stockholm for three months. This was done in order to elicit tacit knowledge about how the concept was used in real-world domestic settings, to challenge everyday routines, and to enable both users and designers to critically reflect on artefacts and practices.

From a design perspective, contributions include design approaches to communicating energy use: visualizations for showing relationships between behaviour and electricity consumption, shapes and forms to direct action, means for turning restrictions caused by energy conservation into central parts of the product experience, and ways to promote sustainable behaviour with positive driving forces based on user lifestyles.

The general results indicate that inclusion is of great importance when designing energy awareness artefacts; all members of the household should be able to access, interact with, and reflect on their energy use. Therefore, design-related aspects such as placement and visibility, as well as how the artefact might affect the social interactions in the home,  become central. Additionally, the thesis argues that these types of artefacts can potentially create awareness accompanied by negative results such as stress. A challenge for the designer is to create artefacts that communicate and direct energy use in ways that are attractive and can be accepted by all household members as a possible way of life.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2011. s. 72
Serie
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1485
Emneord
Interaction design, energy awareness, sustainability, domestication
HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67187 (URN)LiU-Tek-Lic-2011:24 (Lokal ID)978-91-7393-163-2 (ISBN)LiU-Tek-Lic-2011:24 (Arkivnummer)LiU-Tek-Lic-2011:24 (OAI)
Presentation
2011-04-29, Visionen, hus B, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:15 (engelsk)
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Merknad
In the electronic version of the thesis the references in some of the chapters has been corrected.Tilgjengelig fra: 2011-04-13 Laget: 2011-04-04 Sist oppdatert: 2011-04-20bibliografisk kontrollert

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