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StickyDesignSpace: Incorporating the Attachment Framework into Product Design Practice
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Creating and encouraging longer-lasting relationship between designed products and its users is one of the goals that researchers in Sustainable HCI trying to achieve. The attachment framework is proposed by previous study that aims to provide knowledge and insight for designers to create longer-lasting relationship between products and users. As arguments have been made that there is a gap between Sustainable HCI theory and design practice. The attachment framework is one of the well established theoretical frameworks that need effective knowledge transformation from theory to practice. The aim of the study is to design, develop and evaluate a web-based interactive tool -- StickyDesignSpace, which helps product designers to embed the attachment framework into their design background research process. The study employs a research through design approach which focuses on the creation of innovative artifacts to solve practical problems. A web-based tool was designed and developed through the grounding, ideation and iteration process. And a high-fidelity prototype was evaluated by four design participants. The results indicated that the web tool StickyDesignSpace fostered the participated designers' attachment-related thinking by providing attachment design principles and generic design properties in a two dimensional space for organizing design background research data. Furthermore, the tool promoted the participated designers' attachment design knowledge transformation from background research process to design ideation process. According to participants' design objectives and background research goals, the tool also showed flexibility to be applied in other design process such as design idea formation and design evaluation process. The study shed light on the possibility of creating interactive tools to communicate sustainable HCI design frameworks to design practitioners, and offer the insights of how design practitioners integrate the attachment framework into their design thinking and process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 83 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 280
Keyword [en]
sustainable development, sustainable interaction design, sustainable human computer interaction (sustainable HCI), design for sustainability, attachment framework, research through design
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-262268OAI: diva2:853201
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2015-08-12, Hamberg, Geocentrum, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, Uppsala, 15:02 (English)
Available from: 2015-09-12 Created: 2015-09-11 Last updated: 2015-09-12Bibliographically approved

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