Carbon Scales: Collective Sense-making of Carbon Emissions from Food Production through Physical Data Representation

Martin Lindrup, Arjun Rajendran Menon, Aksel Biøren-Hansen

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Abstract

The climate impact of our food consumption is a key issue to sustainability. Yet understanding the food system and the impact it has can be difficult given its abstract nature. In this paper, we report on a Research through Design project aimed at designing and evaluating a data physicalization for supporting collective sense-making of the climate impact of food. Throughout the design process, we have explored the materiality of CO2 emissions and ways to design with less resource use. The resulting data physicalization, Carbon Scales, was evaluated in a three-week field study with 27 participants. Our findings show that collective sense-making can be enabled through interactive data physicalizations and that this can lead to carbon literacy. We expand on a) sustainability through design by arguing for the value of artifacts that let people stay in the interaction as this can support collective sense-making and b) sustainability in design by showcasing the value of designing with an interaction-first and materials-second mindset.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2023 - Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Number of pages16
Place of PublicationPittsburgh, PÅ, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date10 Jul 2023
Pages1515-1530
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-9893-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2023
Event18th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2023 - Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: 10 Jul 202314 Jul 2023

Conference

Conference18th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2023
LocationCarnegie Mellon University
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPittsburgh
Period10/07/202314/07/2023

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