Towards a workshop methodology for involving non-expert stakeholders in the interactive sound design process: Connecting household sounds and energy consumption data
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Sonic interaction design and sonification have the potential to provide new ways to display and interpret data and information. Data from a number of domains have been sonified: astronomy, finance, health, security, and many more. However in recent years, research in auditory displays has highlighted the importance of using participatory methods to include stakeholders, often users who are not experts in sound, in the design loop. This raises the question of how to discuss sound with participants who may not be familiar with it, and how to discuss links and relationships between sound and the specific domain which is the focus of the design. In this paper we propose a methodology for a participatory workshop with stakeholders that could be applied to a variety of domains. We describe how we have deployed this methodology in a workshop that aimed to explore attitudes to both sound and energy usage in the home environment, and discuss what can be gained from such an approach.
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