Parallels, tangents, and loops: Reflections on the 'through' part of RtD

Audrey Desjardins, Cayla Key

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While attention in Research Through Design (RtD) is often on the findings, in this pictorial, we choose to attend to the 'through' part of RtD in order to reveal the messy stories of how those insights were arrived at-stories that are often untold, truncated, or streamlined. We use a yearlong RtD project on human-data entanglements in the home as a case study to explore the contours of this process. We detail how our messy lines of inquiry crossed, dead ended, wove together, and looped. Grounded in illustrations of lines, we offer practical reflections on experiences we encountered while navigating these scribbly lines.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781450369749
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2020
Event2020 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2020 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Jul 202010 Jul 2020


Conference2020 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2020


  • Data
  • Design
  • Iot
  • Lines
  • Messy
  • Process
  • Research-through-design
  • Rtd

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