Ivy: A Qualitative Interface to Reduce Sedentary Behavior in the Office Context

Daphne S. Menheere, A.A.J.M. (Ida) Damen, Carine Lallemand, Steven B. Vos

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This paper describes Ivy, an office chair that represents sitting time of an office worker through growing ivy strands. The longer one sits, the more strands will grow onto the chair. By means of a qualitative interface called Ivy, we illustrate a design approach that is currently underrepresented in sedentary behavior interventions. With this approach, we counter the current trend of digitalization and quantification of health interventions. Instead of graphs and numbers, Ivy uses data physicalization as a qualitative interface that represents sitting. We describe the design, the process, and future research steps of Ivy as a critical perspective on sedentary behavior interventions. We aim to spark discussion amongst designers and researchers in the field of Human-Computer Interaction to use qualitative interfaces as a promising approach to deepen the user’s relationship with the targeted behavior and enrich the ability to construct meaning from the feedback.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2020 Companion - Companion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Subtitle of host publicationDIS'20
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450379878
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2020
EventACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems '20: DIS'20 - Netherlands, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Jul 202020 Jul 2020
Conference number: DIS'20


ConferenceACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems '20
Abbreviated titleDIS '20


  • Data physicalization
  • Office work
  • Qualitative interfaces
  • Sedentary behavior


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