Representing bicycle-based interaction: An interaction design exploration into bicycling research

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Publication 2-year master student thesis
Title Representing bicycle-based interaction: An interaction design exploration into bicycling research
Author(s) von Oldenburg, Tim
Date 2015
English abstract
In public spaces, we constantly interact with each other - whether we are aware of it or not. Most of these interactions are indirect and subtle, ranging from flâneurial people-watching, over negotiation of turns in urban traffic, to passive aggression. This is not only true for pedestrians, but equally so for bicyclists. Bicycling is an embodied and social practice. When designing for cycle-based experiences, interaction designers face many problems while conducting research: mobility is always on the move and therefore hard to capture; the fleeting moments of interaction are almost imperceptible to the eye; and verbal accounts of bicyclists cannot represent the experiential qualities of a ride properly. While there exists a history of ethnographic studies into bicyclists' behaviour, it proves to be difficult to enquire into these more subtle interactions. More conventional representations of experience, such as video, fail to capture many of the qualities inherent in taking a ride and being 'out there'. It would be naive to neglect these qualities in our research when designing for cycle-based interaction. This thesis builds on the work of ethnographers and designers engaged in bicycling research. It explores new ways of enquiry that help researchers find out what really happens on the saddle and beyond.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 44
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) interaction design
bicycling
representations
ethnography
methodology
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19420 (link to this page)

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