The Design of Everyday Things

Lead Research Organisation: University of Nottingham
Department Name: School of Computer Science


The PhD investigates the nature of design practices being applied to the growing commercial field of the Internet of Things (IoT). In applying an ethnographic approach to understanding how traditional user experience (UX) design techniques are employed in developing IoT products and services, this PhD also looks to connect such industry developments with relevant work in Ubiquitous Computing and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research. Insights will be fed back into academic research through an informed understanding of the practicalities and constraints of applying these design techniques within a rapidly developing commercial environment of IoT.


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Castle-Green T A (2019) Designing with Data: A case study

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Reeves S (2019) Talking about interaction* in International Journal of Human-Computer Studies

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Smith T (2019) "Off the beaten map": Navigating with digital maps on moorland in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/N50970X/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2021
1789265 Studentship EP/N50970X/1 01/10/2016 30/09/2020 Teresa Anne Castle-Green
Description Presentation and review of ethnographic fieldwork findings 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The activity involved fieldwork onsite within an industry setting gathering ethnographic data in the form of field notes, audio and video. This data was then analysed and written up as 2 academic papers before being presented back to key practitioners within the business who had participated in the research. Discussion of findings with practitioners was carried out during a visit to one of their UK offices and via video conference to a french site. These discussions sparked debate about the design methods used within the observed commercial project and potential considerations for future ways of working. Subsequent comments from the practitioners involved in the discussion indicated that they found the exercise insightful and in particular found the self-reflection it supported useful for their work moving forwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019