Personal Technologies

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 25–38 | Cite as

Patterns of home life: Informing design for domestic environments

  • John HughesEmail author
  • Jon O'Brien
  • Tom Rodden
  • Mark Rouncefield
  • Stephen Viller


This paper considers how we may provide support for the development of general design principles in domestic environments. In particular, we examine the potential for usingdesign patterns as a means of presenting ethnographic material and outlining design solutions. The paper reports on the development of an initial pattern language based on our studies of a number of domestic, environments and offers a general structure for presenting these patterns. Finally, we briefly reflect on our experiences of developing an on-line set of patterns for this class of environment.


Domestic environments Design patterns Ethnography Patten language Systems design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Hughes
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jon O'Brien
    • 2
  • Tom Rodden
    • 1
  • Mark Rouncefield
    • 1
  • Stephen Viller
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Computing and SociologyLancaster UniversityLancasterUK
  2. 2.Cambridge LaboratoryXerox Research Centre EuropeCambridgeUK

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