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      Imagining urban interactions: strategies for exploring future design landscapes

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      Proceedings of HCI 2011 The 25th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction (HCI)

      Human Computer Interaction

      4 - 8 July 2011

      Ethnographic methods, case study, requirements generation, urban computing, early design concepts

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          For designers, attempting to respond to unknown design spaces can be a daunting task. This paper describes a series of workshops that presented rapid ethnographic design methods in city streets as a way of exploring human behaviours, and recording their traces. One instance of the workshop is described in detail to highlight the connections between the data gathering and the concept generation phases. Emphasis was placed on discovering “bleed points” where the virtual world can connect with the physical world. This activity was carried out with the aim of considering possibilities for interaction scenarios in future urban settings. The ethnographic observation and data gathering process itself was paramount in these workshops, enabling designers to engage with existing and potential interaction situations. Early concept development was the endpoint of this process, and designed responses were developed primarily to describe the emergent urban design space, rather than as a step towards any finished system or product.

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          Contributors
          Conference
          July 2011
          July 2011
          : 41-45
          Affiliations
          Centre for Interaction Design

          Edinburgh Napier University

          10 Colinton Road

          Edinburgh, UK
          Article
          10.14236/ewic/HCI2011.25
          © Michael Smyth et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of HCI 2011 The 25th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

          This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

          Proceedings of HCI 2011 The 25th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction
          HCI
          25
          Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
          4 - 8 July 2011
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
          Human Computer Interaction
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          Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
          Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
          Categories
          Electronic Workshops in Computing

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