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Designing a Tangible Device for Re-Framing Unproductivity

Judith Sirera, Eduardo Velloso, C Ardito (ed.), R Lanzilotti (ed.), A Malizia (ed.), H Petrie (ed.), A Piccinno (ed.), G Desolda (ed.), K Inkpen (ed.)

HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION, INTERACT 2021, PT IV | SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG | Published : 2021

Abstract

We report on the design of a tangible device for encouraging the acceptance of unproductive time on office workers. We first conducted interviews for a better understanding of the subjective experience of productivity. We found that while the idea of being productive can evoke positive feelings of satisfaction, dealing with unproductive time can be a struggle, negatively affecting people’s moods and self-esteem. These findings guided the design and implementation of RU, a tangible device for reflecting on self-care time. Our prototype offers a physical representation of the mainstream productivity mindset and plays with the idea of connecting and charging energy to encourage the user to expe..

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