Mike Kann: I’m recruiting for participants for a co-design session that looks at the role of the IoT in the domestic space

I’m recruiting for participants for a co-design session that looks at the role of the IoT in the domestic space, aiming to develop products that are more suited to the home by using design tools and methods developed through my PhD at the Royal College of Art.

Taking place in August 2017 on a date that suits you, the half-day co-design session will be a focused and personalised collaboration with myself in a one-to-one setup.  I’m interested in working with designers and developers working with the IoT and related technologies, especially those developing IoT for the domestic space.  We’ll work together to situate products and concepts in real life scenarios by focusing on people’s interactions and attitudes towards the IoT in the home, based on my past research.

This will show how embedding elements of ritual in a reflective, experiential network that makes the user the driving force can benefit the development and use of potential products.  It will also clarify some issues that affect the successful development of domestic IoT products, such as the frictions generated when user experience and intentions don’t match the intentions embedded in a system.

This session will be the final practical element of my PhD, testing the toolkit and method that has been made to help developers design domestic IoT products that are more appropriate for the home and how people use and understand these spaces. I will bring my knowledge and experience in design research, thinking and practice to the session and use this to show how the physicality of products is important in refocusing on the “thinginess” inherent to the IoT. 

If you are interested in taking part or have any questions about this please feel free to get in touch with me at Michael.kann@network.rca.ac.uk.