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The Role of Aesthetics and Design: Wearables in Situ

Pateman, M; Harrison, D; Marshall, P; Cecchinato, M; (2018) The Role of Aesthetics and Design: Wearables in Situ. In: Proceedings of Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Paper Number LBW518. (pp. LBW518.1-LBW518.6). ACM: Montreal, QC, Canada. Green open access

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Abstract

Wearable technologies are increasingly popular, but often abandoned. Given their highly personal nature, aesthetics and form factor play a key role in adoption and continued use, but thus far little work has focused on this. This paper presents a three-part study to better understand the role of aesthetics and personalisation within wearables. We provided 15 participants with customised, low-fidelity, nonfunctional “activity trackers”, based on their own designs, for in the wild evaluation. Our participants’ use of these prototypes provided us with insights into their feelings towards their existing commercial devices and their own designs alike. We found that aesthetics plays an important, and currently underappreciated, role in use and continued engagement, particularly when the context of use is considered. We suggest that manufacturers should embrace adaptability and DIY cultures, allowing end-users to customise their wearables and support them in appropriately choosing, and creating their own designs.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The Role of Aesthetics and Design: Wearables in Situ
Event: Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
ISBN-13: 978-1-4503-5621-3/18/04
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3170427.3188556
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3170427.3188556
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Wearables; activity trackers; user-centred design; personalisation; aesthetics
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10044248
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