Since I created this blog almost two years ago there have been awful quiet, which I hopefully will do something about in the coming months.
During the last half year, my PhD project has raised some really interesting research questions that I would like to blog about. I guess this blogging is primarily for my own sake of having a place to write about my initial thoughts and reflections on technology-supported spectator experiences, the design activities I carry out, and about my research activities in general. However, if you ever have any comments on my posts or project please feel free to leave a comment or write me a mail.
After having been enjoying OzCHI in Brisbane me and my colleagues went on a weekend-long road trip driving along the Gold Coast from Brisbane to Sydney in order to participate at PDC2010. At PDC2010 I participated in the Doctoral Consortium with a presentation title Participatory design – emancipating the authentic spectator experience at sporting events. I really enjoined discussing PD issues with fellow PhD’s and listening to interesting presentations at the conference.
I have just participated in the 9th Danish HCI Research Symposium 2009 in Aarhus, Denmark. Where I presented my short paper “Designing technology for spectator experience – beyond the passive spectator”.
In this paper I will argue that if we are to design technology for engaging spectator experiences at sporting events in sports arenas, we need to focus beyond the spectators fascination of the sport. We also need to embrace the social elements of the spectator experience and the sporting event itself in order to design meaningful technology for engaging spectator experiences. Today, most technological systems at sporting events aim at augmenting the activities in the game on large displays. But, as I will argue, if we are to design technology for engaging spectator experiences at sporting events, we must acknowledge the spectators as active participants and present technology-mediated opportunities that allow spectators to share and express their collective and social experience of the sport and sporting event. My argument will be based on a series of ethnographically inspired field studies, conducted at football and handball games, as well as on a participatory design workshop with sports fans.
The paper and the full proceedings should hopefully very soon be available at SIGCHI.dk.
I’m a newly started PhD student at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. In the next four years I’m going to carry out a series of design projects to investigate and explorer my PhD projects main research questions. Hopefully this blog will be my faithfull partner through this project and be the place where I will share my thoughts and results with whom it might be of interest.
I invite verybody who would like to participate in shaping this blog to contributes with comments, critiques or inspirational thoughts on the topic of design.