The rhythm of Christmas: Temporality, ICT Use and Design for the Idiosyncrasies of a Major Festival

Ann Light, Daniela Petrelli

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    Abstract

    We present a study of preparation for and celebration of an English Christmas, with particular stress on temporal aspects, including duration, anticipation and repetition. We asked nine households to document their countdown to Christmas using media and diaries, and interviewed them before and after. We detail how time appears in the accounts, from the staging of collaborative preparations to the gift of attention, and consider what the collected insights offer for supporting the design of technology, given that one of our findings on media and ICT use was how it dwindles as focus concentrates on the present, and those present, for the days of the festivities. In doing so, we challenge the dominant efficiency paradigm in HCI.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOzCHI '14: Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures: the Future of Design
    PublisherACM
    Pages159-167
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450306539
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2014
    EventOzCHI 2014 - Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 4 Dec 2014 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceOzCHI 2014
    Period4/12/14 → …

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