From VizBlocks to the Data-Driven Actor: Reimagining an open-ended data physicalisation prototype with a creative business

Susan Lechelt, Clare Duffy, Evan Morgan, Dave Murray-Rust, Bettina Nissen

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Abstract / Description of output

In this case study, we document the process of engaging in an initially unplanned and informal knowledge exchange activity be- tween academic researchers and a local performing arts company. This knowledge exchange activity quickly became a fruitful collaboration during which an academic design research prototype was reimagined as a wholly new product to expand the offering of a creative business. We document the factors that led to the success of this collaboration, reflecting on both features of the collaboration it- self and how the design of the initial research prototype configured its repurposing. In terms of the latter, we consider how the orig- inal prototype’s ambiguity, open-endedness, customisability and flexible assembly afforded its reimagining. Through the case study, we demonstrate that there is much to be gained from facilitating access to research prototypes for small and medium enterprises and supporting them in appropriating these toward their own goals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA '23
Subtitle of host publicationExtended Abstracts of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsAlbrecht Schmidt, Kaisa Väänänen, Tesh Goyal, Per Ola Kristensson, Anicia Peters
PublisherACM
Pages1-7
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450394222
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • design research
  • research through design
  • data physicalisation
  • data literacy
  • industry collaboration

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