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The air we breathe ‘Increasing environmental knowledge in adolescents through physicalized air quality data’

Kreij, S. de (2022) The air we breathe ‘Increasing environmental knowledge in adolescents through physicalized air quality data’.

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Abstract:With the decline of global wellbeing that has taken place of the last decades changes to policies and actions have only recently begun to step up. With this increase in responsibility for the world around us efforts are being made to counteract the damages done and possibly reverse some of these. With the direction that the world is travelling in the importance of awareness under the individuals has become larger than ever. Taking that as the main inspiration, and combining this with one the sustainable development goals setup by the United Nations a data physicalization has been created to test whether the introduction of DIY methods on user input can change the user experience of young adolescents, when dealing with the topic of air quality around the globe. Following a design process that was constructed for Creative Technology this physicalization has come to realization in four distinct phases. The phases consisted of starting with ideation, followed by specification, realization and evaluation. The data physicalization that was eventually created and tested consisted of the comparison between a traditional input method and two variations on a DIY input method that utilized more freedom for the user and non-visual feedback. In order to find out if the user experience was indeed influenced by these methods: efficiency and effectiveness, engagement and enjoyment were analyzed. The DIY methods showed to create a better user experience within its user in comparison to those that utilized the traditional input method.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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