Visual IHME: Co-Designing Meaningful Places for Sustainability

Visual IHME: Co-Designing Meaningful Places for Sustainability

Marketta Niemelä (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland), Tuomo Kivinen (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland), Minna Kulju (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland), Antti Tammela (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland), Veikko Ikonen (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland) and Heidi Korhonen (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6228-5.ch010
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Abstract

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.
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Sustainable Human-Computer Interaction

There has been growing interest among HCI researchers and designers in promoting sustainability with interaction design in the last few years. A number of workshops, articles and special issue journals have been published.

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