Prototyping the Self-Authored Video Interview: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Stephen Snow
  • Markus Rittenbruch
  • Margot Brereton
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9297)


Self-authored video- where participants are in control of the creation of their own footage- is a means of creating innovative design material and including all members of a family in design activities. This paper describes our adaptation to this process called Self Authored Video Interviews (SAVIs) that we created and prototyped to better understand how families engage with situated technology in the home. We find the methodology produces unique insights into family dynamics in the home, uncovering assumptions and tensions unlikely to be discovered using more conventional methods. The paper outlines a number of challenges and opportunities associated with the methodology, specifically, maximising the value of the insights gathered by appealing to children to champion the cause, and how to counter perceptions of the lingering presence of researchers.


Self-Authored video Electricity Eco-feedback Family dynamics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Snow
    • 1
  • Markus Rittenbruch
    • 1
  • Margot Brereton
    • 1
  1. 1.Queensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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