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Challenges and design considerations for home-based visualisations to encourage more sustainable practices

Perera, Dushani, Verdezoto Dias, Nervo ORCID:, Eslambolchilar, Parisa ORCID: and Gwilliam, Julie ORCID: 2023. Challenges and design considerations for home-based visualisations to encourage more sustainable practices. Presented at: 36th International BCS Human-Computer Interaction Conference, 28-29 August 2023.

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This paper investigates household preferences for visualising consumption data and explores the potential of physical visualisations to enhance user engagement and encourage sustainable practices at home. We conducted thirteen household interviews using a combination of images and objects to understand participants’ expectations and preferences for visualising consumption data. We identified images that generate empathy, images that trigger revulsion around the home, objects that aid bonding with household members, and places in the home for collaboration and engagement. The study identified particular physical objects and locations within the house that contribute to nurturing family connections to collectively work towards reducing consumption. Participants preferred a physical visualisation of their consumption data in their houses compared to screen-based visualisations. We open space to consider designing physical visualisations for home collaboration and better user engagement to enhance households’ awareness of curtailing consumption.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 29 August 2023
Date of Acceptance: 26 July 2023
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2023 23:13

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