Ivy: Reading a Critical Design for Sedentary Behavior in the Office Context

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

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In this paper, we present and discuss Ivy, a critical artifact offering a novel design perspective on interventions that aim to reduce sedentary behavior in office workers. Ivy is an interactive office chair that represents the amount of sitting time through growing ivy strands. Using the matrix of common argument types by Bardzell et al., we propose a structured "reading" of Ivy, as an example supporting reasoned and accessible conversations about criticality in design. Our reading of Ivy emphasized that its criticality emerges mainly from data physicalization as a new form of interactivity intended to trigger reflectiveness. The insights of this design study contribute towards a critical perspective on designing interventions to reduce sedentary time and spark discussion amongst designers and researchers in the field of Human-Computer Interaction.
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 pages6
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


  • Critical design
  • Critical theory
  • Office work
  • Sedentary behavior


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