Waves: Exploring idiographic design for live performance

Jonathan Hook, John McCarthy, Peter Wright, Patrick Olivier

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    Abstract

    We explore whether idiographic design, a category of interaction design that focuses upon responding to detailed personal accounts of individuals' practices, can be used to support interaction designers in responding to the complex and multifaceted design space posed by live performance. We describe and reflect upon the application of an idiographic approach during the design of Waves, an interface for live VJ performance. This approach involved a close and dialogical engagement with the practices and experiences of an individual live performer, during a series of semi-structured interviews and then the discussion and iteration of an evolving prototypical design. Reflection on the experience of applying this approach highlights idiographic design as a practical means to support interaction designers in proposing innovative designs that respond sensitively to the kinds of subtle and complex issues that underpin people's lived and felt experiences of live performance and, potentially, many other domains.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCHI 2013
    Subtitle of host publicationChanging Perspectives, Conference Proceedings - The 31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Pages2969-2978
    Number of pages10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2013
    EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2013 - Paris, France
    Duration: 27 Apr 20132 May 2013
    Conference number: 31st
    https://chi2013.acm.org/program/

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2013
    Abbreviated titleCHI 2013
    CountryFrance
    CityParis
    Period27/04/132/05/13
    OtherTheme: Changing Perspectives
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    Keywords

    • Experience-centered design
    • Idiographic design
    • Interaction design
    • Live performance
    • Liveness
    • Multi-touch
    • VJing

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