Designing for Everyday Care in Communities

A DIS2018 workshop, Hong Kong.

Call for Participation

Care has begun to be used as an alternative design lens, moving beyond health care or social care to consider care as a fundamental relational quality of life. This one-day workshop aims to bring together a diverse group of researchers to work toward a shared understanding of the ways in which interpersonal care and interdependence can be supported through design approaches and new approaches to technology design. The initial goal is to raise issues and highlight sensitivities towards care, with the ultimate aim of impacting design practices. Participants will generate understandings of how such a focus could impact their own research, as well as research and design in HCI-related fields that address interactions in sociotechnical systems more broadly.

Position papers (2-4 pages in extended abstracts format) should be submitted to, and should respond to at least one of the following workshop themes:

  1. Technologies to support interpersonal caring relationships: such as designs that promote positive interactions in specific contexts, or that support the coordination and self-organization of carers.
  2. Methods for exploring issues of care: such as frameworks for understanding the types of care that can take place between friend groups, or design probes for reflecting on experiences of care.
  3. Tensions in designing between care that is everyday versus care that is more formalized: such as acknowledging the stresses of performing as a carer in a health context and addressing the interpersonal needs of care recipients.
  4. Educating and training designers to be conscious of care: for example, in engineering education focusing on responsibility rather than the capability for care-giving or care-receiving, and design education, focusing on values inscribed in designed artifacts.
  5. Reflections on the responsibility of designers and researchers to care in their practice: such as in participatory design and related intervention work, and reflections on researcher-participant care relationships.
  6. Critiques and provocations of care and its role in specific contexts: including, for example, how care can be entangled in power relations, how it can conflict with self-care, and examples of where “not caring” is necessary.

Submissions may include examples of work related to, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Theoretical frameworks and philosophical perspectives of care (including how these could impact an existing or proposed research project);
  • Examples (or counterexamples) of platforms and tools for facilitating caring relationships;
  • Methods for engaging participants in talking and reflecting on care or co-designing technologies and services for care;
  • Reflections on the tensions between formal notions of care and care as implicit in everyday life;
  • Techniques for critiquing the care affordances of an existing system.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the organizers, and be accepted to the workshop based on their potential to stimulate conversation and to ensure a complementary and contrasting set of works to discuss on the day.

Participants and Goals

This workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners from across HCI and related fields of participatory design, community informatics, and digital healthcare. In bringing these communities together, we hope to facilitate an interdisciplinary discussion and analysis of what is encapsulated by “everyday care.” We will also discuss what responsibilities exist to facilitate these kinds of interactions and relationships in community contexts. These discussions will cover issues pertaining to the design of interactive systems, methods of engagement, and the extent to which these responsibilities extend to interaction designers, user experience designers, and HCI researchers alike.

To register for this workshop (once accepted), please go to and register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the DIS 2018 conference. Then send a copy of your registration confirmation email to Austin Toombs (toombsa [at] purdue [dot] edu) for registration to this specific workshop.

Full Proposal

The full workshop proposal document can be found here: DIS2018 Care Workshop Proposal.