Identity through Social Wearables: Designing with Finnish University Students

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Abstract

Wearable devices are often expressive and part of our social interactions. Fashion and ethnographic studies have argued for a perspective on socio-cultural practices in wearable design, while recent work in HCI only began to formalise social requirements for wearable design. Our work aimed to understand how cultural practices can inform wearable design. We conducted a ten-month field study on the practice of customising and wearing boiler suits (fi: opiskeljhaalarit) in the Finnish university student culture and co-designed concepts for social wearables using the dialogue-labs method. The most popular designs supported self-expression and belonging to a group, which comply with the students’ cultural practices of constructing social identity. We conclude that social wearables need to let users negotiate between differentiation and belonging to become part of everyday cultural practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherACM
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781450375795
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventNordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: 25 Oct 202029 Oct 2020
Conference number: 11

Conference

ConferenceNordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Abbreviated titleNordiCHI
CountryEstonia
CityTallinn
Period25/10/202029/10/2020

Keywords

  • Ethnographic Methods
  • Social Wearables
  • Cultural Practices
  • Co-Design
  • Fashion/Clothing

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