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Volvelles, domes and wristbands: embedding digital fabrication within a visitor's trajectory of engagement

Lookup NU author(s): Bettina Nissen, Professor John Bowers, Emeritus Professor Pete Wright, Dr Jonathan Hook


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We present the findings of an empirical design study exploring how situating digital fabrication within a souvenir-making activity can enrich an audience's encounter with cultural events and engage visitors in discussion and reflection upon their experiences. During an incremental accumulative design process, in collaboration with an arts organisation, we developed a series of fabrication activities that offered visitors the opportunity to create their own personalised souvenirs based on their experience of a cultural event. By analyzing visitors' trajectories of engagement with the event we explore three key findings: activity embedded digital fabrication engages new audiences, encourages conversation and reflection, and presents organisations with new and more playful ways to gain insights into audience experiences.

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Author(s): Nissen B, Bowers J, Wright P, Hook J, Newell C

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: DIS'14: 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems.

Year of Conference: 2014

Pages: 825-834

Online publication date: 21/06/2014

Acceptance date: 17/03/2014

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/2598510.2598524


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ISBN: 9781450329026