William Gaver

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Bill Gaver is Professor of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London. Gaver's research concerns the design of interactive technologies for everyday life. As computation has moved beyond the workplace, we need to look beyond traditional concerns with problem-solving, efficiency, utility and usability to consider the wider range of values and motivations it might embody. As head of the Interaction Research Studio, Gaver pursues practice-based research on new roles for interactive technology. Recent work has focused on the home, exploring electronic furniture and fittings that provoke curiosity and allow exploration of new views within and outside the domestic setting. A committed focus to making has also produced methodological and conceptual innovations. A series of methods for engaging with users, from early explorations of the context for design all the way to the assessment of long-term field trials, stress the value of multiple, unresolved narratives in understanding the meanings of technology. This is complemented by conceptual work that explores topics such as play, ambiguity and interpretation in design.

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1995
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2011
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Gaver, William (2011): Making spaces: how design workbooks work. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2011, . pp. 1551-1560. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1978942.1979169

Gaver, William, Boucher, Andy, Bowers, John, Blythe, Mark, Jarvis, Nadine, Cameron, David, Kerridge, Tobie, Wilkie, Alex, Phillips, Robert, Wright, Peter (2011): The photostroller: supporting diverse care home residents in engaging with the world. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2011, . pp. 1757-1766. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1978942.1979198

Gaver, William, Blythe, Mark, Boucher, Andy, Jarvis, Nadine, Bowers, John, Wright, Peter (2010): The prayer companion: openness and specificity, materiality and spirituality. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2010 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2010, . pp. 2055-2064. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1753326.1753640

Gaver, William, Bowers, John, Kerridge, Tobie, Boucher, Andy, Jarvis, Nadine (2009): Anatomy of a failure: how we knew when our design went wrong, and what we learned from it. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2009 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2009, . pp. 2213-2222. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1518701.1519040

Gaver, William (2009): Designing for emotion (among other things). In Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 364 (1535) pp. 3597-3604. http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/364/1535/3597.full

Sutcliffe, Alistair G., Karat, John, Bodker, Suzanne, Gaver, William (2006): Can we measure quality in design and do we need to?. In: Proceedings of DIS06: Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, & Techniques , 2006, . pp. 119-121. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1142405.1142425

Sengers, Phoebe, Gaver, William (2006): Staying open to interpretation: engaging multiple meanings in design and evaluation. In: Proceedings of DIS06: Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, & Techniques , 2006, . pp. 99-108. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1142405.1142422

Gaver, William (2002): Provocative Awareness. In Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 11 (3) pp. 475-493.

Gaver, William, Martin, Heather (2000): Alternatives: Exploring Information Appliances through Conceptual Design Proposals. In: Turner, Thea, Szwillus, Gerd, Czerwinski, Mary, Peterno, Fabio, Pemberton, Steven (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 2000 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 1-6, 2000, The Hague, The Netherlands. pp. 209-216. http://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/chi/332040/p209-gaver/p209-gaver.pdf

Gaver, William (2000): Looking and Leaping. In: Proceedings of DIS00: Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, & Techniques , 2000, . pp. 5. http://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/chi/347642/p5-gaver/p5-gaver.pdf

Martin, Heather, Gaver, William (2000): Beyond the Snapshot from Speculation to Prototypes in Audiophotography. In: Proceedings of DIS00: Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, & Techniques , 2000, . pp. 55-65. http://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/chi/347642/p55-martin/p55-martin.pdf

Hindus, Debby, Arons, Barry, Stifelman, Lisa, Gaver, William, Mynatt, Elizabeth D., Back, Maribeth (1995): Designing Auditory Interactions for PDAs. In: Robertson, George G. (eds.) Proceedings of the 8th annual ACM symposium on User interface and software technology November 15 - 17, 1995, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. pp. 143-146. http://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/uist/215585/p143-hindus/p143-hindus.pdf