+ MATERIALIZING ENERGY
This research is focused on exploring new ways of experiencing and interacting with and through energy-as-materiality in everyday contexts—and how such explorations might contribute to the re-design of our currently unsustainable material environments.
+ INVESTIGATING THE (IN)EFFECTIVENESS OF ENERGY FEEDBACK
Field studies of commerical energy monitors were conducting to explore the (in)effectinvess of residential energy feedback systems (REFS), including not only potential limitations of specific types of REFS but also potentially counterproductive or harmful effects of REFS.
+ PERSONAL INVENTORIES
Using home tours and item inventories, this project investigates the endurance of household objects as means to inform the design of more enduring and sustainable artifice.
+ MATERIAL AWARENESS
This work explores the design of everyday products that occasionally present themselves to us in ways that encourage us to consider them more thoughtfully. Drawing on existing design approaches, this work develops a material awareness design approach aimed at promoting reflection on and attachment to everyday things and our experiences with these things.
+ ENERGY PLEDGE
The Energy Pledge is an eco-visualization system intended for use in the context of the Energy Challenge '09, a student competition to conserve resources in the Indiana University dormitories. The Energy Pledge allows students to be acknowledged for their commitments to conserve; it also serves as a persistant reminder.
+ ENERGY-AWARE CAMPUS PLANNING
Funded by the Indiana University (IU) Sustainability Task Force and IU Utilities Group, I developed a range of energy-awareness concepts targeted at student populations.
+ DOWNTOWN BLOOMINGTON STRATEGIC DESIGN PLANNING
This service-learning design project was completed for the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD). Based on cultural probe data and interviews, our team presented concept systems and strategies for improving the downtown Bloomington experience.
+ ENERGY CHALLENGE '08
10,000+ students in Indiana University dormitories competed in this month-long competition to save electricity and water. The competition resulted in an estimated avoidance of 33,008 kWh of electricity and 724,322 gallons of water compared to baseline consumption of the previous three years.
+ HOMELESS HEALTHSHARE
This project was a finalist in the CHI 2008 International Student Design Competition. Our team conducted extensive user research with various homeless care professionals, leading us to design an information system to allow these professionals to better share, manage, and communicate information vital to effective healthcare.
+ EXTREME COMMUTERS ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY
I employed various ethnographic design methods to gain insight into the lives of extreme commuters—those who commute 90+ minutes to or from work. Insights and materials for brainstorming were presented to the class, as well as designers at Gravitiy Tank design consultancy.
+ mini-MEALS DORM FRIDGE
Based on insights drawn from contextual inquiries with dorm students, I designed and prototyped new variations on the traditional mini-fridge. These concepts were informed by the general observation that compact refrigerators were not adequately supporting activities related to meal preparation and the surrounding social interactions.