The Institute for Design Informatics is going to ACM DIS 2024! 


The Institute for Design Informatics will be widely represented at the ACM Designing Interactive Systems conference, taking place in Copenhagen in July. See below for summaries and links* to all of our work, including multiple papers, pictorials, workshops and work-in-progress contributions.  

*(DOI links to papers should go live from July 1st). 


Full Papers and Pictorials 


Designing with Transactional Data: FTML and Money/Data Laundering 

Chris Elsden, Martin Disley, Chris Speed  

Through two Research through Design projects, this pictorial explores how we might design with transactional data. ‘FTML: Financial Transaction Mark-Up Language’ was a speculative design project and film to explore new ways to annotate and ‘mark-up’ transactions. ‘Money/Data Laundering’ undertakes the designerly hacking of a PoS payment card reader to consider how values can be washed in to transactions through data.  


Studying Self-Care with Generative AI Tools: Lessons for Design 

Tara Capel, Bernd Ploderer, Filip Bircanin, Simon Hanmer, Jamie Yates, Jiaxuan Wang, Kai Ling Khor, Tuck Wah Leong, Greg Wadley, Michelle Newcomb  

This paper contributes a framework for the use of generative AI to support self-care and offers suggestions for using the framework to investigate new self-care designs. 


Baking an Institutional Doughnut: A Systemic Design Journey for Diverse Stakeholder Engagement 

Pushpi Bagchi, Chris Elsden, Chris Speed, Kam Chan  

This pictorial reports on how Kate Raworth’s Doughnut Economics model can be applied as a tool for facilitating complex stakeholder engagement. We present a novel visual framework and facilitation method to enable systemic and values-led thinking in the context of establishing a new interdisciplinary academic institution. We leverage the pictorial format to (i) demonstrate the application of the Doughnut Economics model as an effective visual framework for fostering structured dialogue to surface shared and contesting values and boundaries and (ii) facilitate complex stakeholder engagement through a systemic design journey that encourages emergent dialogue. 


Creating Resources for Designing with and for Care Ecologies in HCI 

Cara Wilson, Larissa Pschetz, Billy Dixon, Sue J Lewis, Joe Revans, John Vines 

There is increasing interest in expanding notions of care beyond transactional practices, towards broader notions of “care ecologies”. However, how can we support care systems designers to apply these concepts in practice? This paper presents the Care Spectrums, a set of sensitising concepts for designers. Developed as a response to a design probe exercise (the CareTree) the Care Spectrums respond to the multiplicity of expressions of care in participants’ everyday lives. Translated into a design resource (the ‘Co-Designing with Care’ card deck), the Care Spectrums revealed hidden caring and uncaring practices in designers’ projects, and stimulated opportunities for designing with and for people’s complex and entangled care ecologies. 



Provocations, Work-in-Progress & Doctoral Consortium 


ResponTable: A Shared Desk Design For Psychological Ownership 

Haili Wu, Susan Lechelt 

Through a Research through Design project, this Provocation paper established seven design principles to increase Psychological Ownership (what people feel a sense of ownership over but do not necessarily legally own) in the hot-desking experience. These design principles were then explored through the design and initial evaluation of ResponTable, a hot desk that adapts its surface to user preferences. These principles, alongside the desk design concept, serve as a provocation to inspire future research and design in promoting Psychological Ownership within the sharing experience more broadly. 


A Manifesto for Other-Than-Human Imaginaries of Data 

Carlos Guerrero Millan, Sonja Rattay, Youngsil Lee 

Data influences economic, social, and technological structures, while also posing social, cultural, and ecological challenges. In this provocation, we unweave prevalent data and data practices that foster capitalist and anthropocentric knowledge, proposing alternative approaches. Through design, we aim to spin new data threads and reweave them to include other-than-human entities, communities, and knowledges from plural worlds existing for the good life for all. 


ORAgen: Exploring the Design of Attribution through Media Tokenisation (Honourable Mention) 

Frances Liddell, Ella Tallyn, Evan Morgan, Kar Balan, Martin Disley, Theodore Koterwas, Billy Dixon, Caterina Moruzzi, John Collomosse, Chris Elsden 

In this work-in-progress, we present ORAgen as ‘unfinished software’, materialised through a demonstrative web application that enables participants to engage with a novel approach to media tokenisation – the ORA framework. By presenting ORAgen in ‘think-aloud’ interviews with 17 professionals working in the creative and cultural industries, we explore potential values of media tokenisation in relation to existing challenges they face related to ownership, rights, and attribution. 


Design for Debate: Exploring Public Perceptions of an Emerging Genetics Health Prediction Service ‘Polygenic Risk Score’ Through Design Methods 

Yuhao Sun 

Polygenic Risk Score (PRS) is a genomic tool for personalised healthcare, predicting disease risks using genotype data. However, its adoption faces challenges like health disparities, accuracy, and privacy concerns. My thesis explores public perceptions of PRS to discover the barriers of using it in the UK, adopting design methods to ‘demystify’ this emerging and complex technology and foster relatability through online surveys, interviews, and workshops with provotypes. 





Creating Sustainable Internet of Things Futures: Aligning Legal and Design Research Agendas. 

Lachlan Urquhart, Susan Lechelt, Melissa Terras, Neelima Sailaja, Anna Marie Rezk, Teresa-Castle Green, Dimitrios Darzentas, Namrata Primlani, Violet Own, Michael Stead 


Consumer Internet of Things (IoT) devices are not environmentally sustainable. Planned obsolescence, lack of hardware repairability, and bundling of ‘smartness’ is creating many routes to redundancy. This workshop brings together researchers to consider the socio-technical, legal and design challenges to envision how to build more sustainable consumer IoT futures.  


Ecological data for manifesting the entanglement of more-than-human livingness  

Youngsil Lee, Larissa Pschetz, Mary Karyda, Oscar Tomico, Danielle Wilde, Tau Lenskjold, Rachel Clarke, Sara Heitlinger, Ann Light, Bettina Nissen 

In this workshop, we critically examine data concepts prevalent in Western socio-economic systems, reflecting on their ethical, environmental, and ecological implications. We’ll explore data in entangled ecologies, focusing on ‘livingness’ to understand embodied, relational, and situated aspects of data. Through wandering and foraging, we aim to reframe data concepts that might help us to regain our attentiveness, appreciation, and responsibility towards more-than-human ecologies. 


Data of/by/for the People: Designing Participatory Approaches to Data Governance 

Harriet Simms, Aditi Surana, Carlos Guerrero Millan, Natalia-Rozalia Avlona, SJ Bennett, Ewa Luger, Bettina Nissen 


Current frameworks of data governance often fail to account for the plurality of the publics they are required to safeguard. Several alternative structures are emerging to democratise and rethink data governance to involve and protect people and their fundamental rights. This 1-day workshop will bring together HCI researchers, practitioners and designers working in areas of privacy, law, policy, social science and community practice to solidify the role of design in engaging communities with deliberate data practices which embed varied lived experiences into new technological developments. Critically addressing issues of care and meaningful representation, we aim to reflect on the impact of collective action and participation in datafied socio-technical infrastructures.