This Nordichi'16 designers, technology enthusiasts and experts from the HCI community are invited to a co-design session to reflect on how IoT products can be analyzed, trying to identify a broad shared framework to examine them from a design perspective, and to test and reshape the “Mapping the IoT Toolkit” a set of tools developed to critically to critically inspect, map, and design connected products.
In this 6 hour long workshop, participants will apply the Toolkit, exploring the world of connected devices and gadgets, and are asked to freely change it and improve it. The aim of the workshop is to identify the main criteria to analyze and map IoT products, and to help making the “Mapping the IoT Toolkit” a more objective and designer-friendly analysis tool. We believe that by analyzing existing products is possible to extract the relevant features, values and qualities that make them successful case studies, to highlight the weak points, and to compare the findings. This knowledge can be later used to redesign the selected cases or as a starting point to design new solutions. By mapping existing product is possibile to build a framework and we would like to verify if it is possible to use it as a guide-line generator for future design processes focused on IoT devices.
The topics of discussion will include:
How could IoT products be categorized following a Human-Centered Design (HCD) approach?
What are the main qualities that need to be mapped?
When can connectivity enhance a product in a meaningful way?
How could a tool facilitate both case study analysis and concept generation?
What outputs and visualisations should this tool offer?
How can critical research generate new opportunities for product and service’s design?
The design of connected product should be addressed by multidisciplinary teams. As well we believe that the Toolkit should be designed and tested by many, with the involvement of the HCI community and should be distributed with a Creative Commons license.
The intended workshop outcomes are:
(1) to identify a common analysis framework for smart products
(2) to debate and reshape the Toolkit’s Analysis Form and Output/Map
(3) to openly discuss the future evolutions of IoT devices and of the Toolkit.
It will also be a good networking opportunity to group professionals interested in the IoT product design field.
Participants will collaborate to debate and face a very actual challenge: the design of future connected smart products. They will discuss and share approaches and experiences, and will have the possibility to contribute to any future development of the Creative Commons Mapping The IoT Toolkit. Participants will be mentioned in future dissemination of the work and, if interested, as co-designers of the Toolkit.
Nevertheless, the workshop will also represent an opportunity to group professionals interested in the IoT product design field and to bridge domains based on different grounded theories.