Behaviours that Stick

Behaviours that Stick
Exploring emotional design of sustainable behaviours that stick

Behaviours that Stick aims to explore the emotional connection between home energy users  and home energy objects (electrical appliances) in order to design visual interfaces that cultivate daily usage habits towards energy saving. In this project we are exploring how the design of visual and emotional interfaces which provoke empathy can promote more sustainable energy use at home. 

In recent years there has been a lot of interest on how home energy use can be reduced, by providing people at home with visual information on how much they spend on energy. Although such approaches start to appear in more and more homes, they have not managed to engage people enough and for long periods. Behaviours that Stick, on the other hand, focuses at engaging people  an emotional level, creating a more profound emotional response and empathy towards home energy use. 

In this project we are employing design-based research methods with creative and fun activities, such as visual diaries, participatory exhibitions, extreme user interviews and other co-design activities to explore home users energy use pattern and emotional responses. We will be also designing emotional interfaces and proof-of-concept prototypes of some of the best ideas that emerge from the research.

This project is co-funded by ESRC and Lancaster University's Research Committee. It is part of the Radical Futures grants.

Project Team

TseklevesTsekleves Emmanuel Tsekleves Design for Health & Wellbeing, Design for Ageing, Design Interactions, Design Fictions, Playful Design, Gamification, Digital Design
Adrian Friday Adrian Friday Reader in Ubiquitous Computing and Sustainability
Stuart Haffenden Stuart Haffenden PhD Candidate - Highwire

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Behaviours that Stick in the Campus in the City...

Behaviours that Stick in the Campus in the City...

...generated public interest and discussion on energy use in the home

In an event held in the Campus in the City venue in Lancaster on the 24th of February, members of the Behaviours that Stick project exhibited the creative outcome of the project. This included several energy use calendars,...Read full update

Campus in the City 2 is featuring...

Event2 years, 1 month and 1 day ago
Campus in the City 2 is featuring...

24th of February 2015, Campus in The City - Lancaster Town centre

..Behaviours That stick on Tuesday the 24th of February

Want to find out how you can save energy at home and potentially reduce energy bills! Then come and talk to us on Tuesday the 24th of February & get...Read full update

Time for a New Year's home energy resolution

Time for a New Year's home energy resolution

Have you thought about a New Year's home energy resolution?

The New Year brings often hope and promise for change! In an effort to help households in the UK think about how much energy is consumed, we have created a New Resolution Energy Calendar!  Packed with visuals and a number of...Read full update

Personas provide key insights on home energy use

Personas provide key insights on home energy use

and people's emotional connection with electric appliances

Following the collection of the energy calendars, the resaerch team has produced a number of personas. The personas reveal interesting insights as to how different houesholds in the UK consume energy and emotional connection...Read full update

First completed ‘energy use calendars’ back from the field

First completed ‘energy use calendars’ back from the field

Initial thoughts and themes emerging

Following the deployment of the  ‘energy use calendar’ in the field, we have started to receive the completed ones back from the households participating in the study. It has been most encouraging to see that the ‘energy use calendars’ have been...Read full update

Creative and playful ways for collecting user data

Creative and playful ways for collecting user data

Using arts, crafts and Lego to creating enticing generative interview probes

Capturing data 'in the wild' (non-lab based environments) is always a challenge, as attracting participants for short interviews or data capture is extremely difficult. Associate research members of the 'Behaviours...Read full update