8 DEMO HOUR
12 WHAT ARE YOU READING?
14 HOW WAS IT MADE?
16 DAY IN THE LAB
1. A Smartphone
in the Nursery
How can experiments in design explore the role of smartphones
for mothers and young children? How can these designs be
used to prompt conversations and explore potentials for
change? This research used experimental and suggestive
artifacts as conversational probes, inviting participants
to interpret them and thus to tell of their own experiences
using smartphones during childcare—practices that are
often private and ridden with complexity. Informed by
critical design, feminist, and psychoanalytic perspectives,
the research engages with ambivalences toward the
presence of smartphones in the world of mother and infant,
portraying mothers as complex users of technology.
Yurman, P. A smartphone in the nursery.
Proc. of the 4th Biennial Research Through Design Conference. 2019;
Yurman, P. Designing for ambivalence:
Mothers, transitional objects
and smartphones. Proc. of the 2017 CHI Conference on
Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, New York, 2017.
Paulina Yurman, Goldsmiths, University of London
Herby is a phone on wheels that gets irritated when
used as a toy, protesting “I am not a toy” or “Take
me to your mum.”