In the context of human-driven design and environmental sustainability, the authors have developed a computer-based platform concept for studying and co-designing places (i.e. socially meaningful locations). The Visual IHME platform provides a photo-based, interactive spherical panorama environment with a set of co-creative interaction tools such as discussion boards, questionnaires, and polls on-screen. All creative content can be pinned to specific spatial spots on the image. In a preliminary end-user evaluation of the concept demonstration, the authors found that the participants valued the co-design platform, though many doubted the role of this kind of social technology in terms of real impact on issues that are important to people. They discuss how co-design platforms like Visual IHME can have an impact on environmental sustainability and the evolving role of human-computer interaction research and design in addressing sustainability problems.
|Title of host publication||Human-Computer Interfaces and Interactivity|
|Subtitle of host publication||Emergent Research and Applications|
|ISBN (Print)||978-1-4666-6228-5, 146666228X|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|MoE publication type||D2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material|
Niemelä, M., Kivinen, T., Kulju, M., Tammela, A., Ikonen, V., & Korhonen, H. (2014). Visual IHME: Co-designing meaningful places for sustainability. In Human-Computer Interfaces and Interactivity: Emergent Research and Applications (pp. 173-187). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-6228-5.ch010