The design methodology for studying smart but complex do-it-yourself experiences

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    This article illustrates design-oriented human-computer interaction (HCI) research for creating do-it-yourself (DIY) experiences for emerging technologies. It contemplates the design objectives for the DIY construction processes through the lens of Ecological Approach to Smart Environments (EASE) and by exemplifying three case studies. The first case study introduces the design of the Home Control System of a nursing ecology for the aged. The second case study presents the Music Creation Tool research in music therapy ecology for those with disabilities, and the third study, Life Story Creation, presents a memory-sharing application for elderly amateur writers. The article carefully considers the role of users in HCI research, who in the DIY context are expected to be active and motivated crafters and builders of their personal environments. The focus of research, the user experience studies, aims at supporting creating, configuring and sharing experiences within the constructed prototypes, and at determining the new experiences that emerge from the research. The concluding objective for the article is presenting of a design framework for involving the initiative domain owners to the DIY research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)849-860
    JournalJournal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • human-computer interaction (HCI)
    • do-it-yourself (DIY)
    • ecological approach to smart environments (EASE)
    • user experience design (UX)
    • intelligent environments (IE)


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