Abstract of Living with Living Artefacts: Six concepts for designing user acceptance of living artefacts:
Bio-designers are exploring how living organisms can be incorporated into design and operation. These new living artefacts have qualities, needs, design opportunities, and relations with users, that differ from those of non-living artefacts. To design living artefacts into daily life, designers must know why users would want to live with these living artefacts, and subsequently to understand why humans have historically lived with other living things. In response to these research questions, a semi-systematic review has been conducted on literature from diverse fields, questioning why humans live with other living things. Through qualitative thematic analysis, it was found that existing literature attributes several motivations for living with other beings. These motivations include hedonic benefits; biophilia; care, meaning, and utilitarian benefits; performance; material provision; knowledge and skill. Based on these six concepts, this paper proposes eight guidelines for designers who wish to foster user acceptance of living artefacts in daily life.
Simone conducted the research presented in the paper as part of Caradt’s Biobased Art and Design group, led by Prof. Dr. Elvin Karana. Michel van Dartel and Alwin de Rooij contributed to the paper. Simone is currently a researcher in the Situated Art and Design Group, led by Dr. Michel van Dartel.
In June 2022 the paper will be published online by Design Research Society.
More information: www.drs2022.org