Creative Methods For Research in the Home

The home can be a challenging environment in which to conduct research, especially in the context of digital technologies like smart devices which are increasingly being introduced in our everyday home lives due to their complexity, embedded nature within mundane routines as well as their encroachment on our more private spaces. Many researchers working in this field are increasingly drawing on and evolving more creative research methods to address this challenge and involve more diverse users in research…

Inspired by our work on the CHAI project we decided to organise an event to showcase some of these different creative approaches from a broad range of disciplines, and which took place at the Museum of the Home in London. During this event attendees had the opportunity to get hands-on with a variety of methods and discuss how they might be adapted for different contexts. We also listened to a fantastic keynote from Professor Lizzie Coles-Kemp who spoke about the wide range of creative methods she has employed in her cybersecurity research which have included collaborative collaging, lego building and clowns!

One of the outputs of the event was a booklet of all the fantastic creative methods that were presented during the day. We hope to be able to continue to evolve this booklet and add additional methods to reflect the wide range of exciting creative research that is being conducted in the home.

You can view the current version of the booklet below:

If you would like to contribute your own method to the booklet please use the template below and email it to Laura Benton.

Creative Methods booklet template