Author ORCID Identifier

Haider Ali Akmal: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9578-3578
Paul Coulton: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5938-4393

Abstract

This paper looks at an alternative approach to design research for IoT, through a practical engagement with philosophy; based on the concept of Carpentry, introduced by design philosopher Ian Bogost. It presents this exploration through the design of a bespoke digital Tarot deck, rooted in Object-Oriented Ontology. This branch of philosophical inquiry withdraws from conventional perceptions of objects and people. Viewing them as equally important ‘things’, operating with a range of independent and interdependent perspectives; which have been described as “constellations”. Through our philosophical carpentry we present a Tarot of Things, which acts as boundary object, for understanding how taking constellation perspectives of networked IoT devices can produce new design approaches.

Keywords:

Object Oriented Ontology, Human Centred Design, Internet of Things, Carpentry

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A Tarot of Things: a supernatural approach to designing for IoT

This paper looks at an alternative approach to design research for IoT, through a practical engagement with philosophy; based on the concept of Carpentry, introduced by design philosopher Ian Bogost. It presents this exploration through the design of a bespoke digital Tarot deck, rooted in Object-Oriented Ontology. This branch of philosophical inquiry withdraws from conventional perceptions of objects and people. Viewing them as equally important ‘things’, operating with a range of independent and interdependent perspectives; which have been described as “constellations”. Through our philosophical carpentry we present a Tarot of Things, which acts as boundary object, for understanding how taking constellation perspectives of networked IoT devices can produce new design approaches.

 

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