1st Edition

Living in Digital Worlds Designing the Digital Public Space

By Naomi Jacobs, Rachel Cooper Copyright 2018
    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    Living in Digital Worlds investigates the relationship between human society and technology, as our private and particularly our public lives are increasingly undertaken in spaces that are inherently digital: digital public spaces.

    The book unpicks why digital technology is such an inextricable part of modern society, first by examining the historical relationship between technological development and the early progression of human sociality. This is then followed by an examination of the ways in which modern life is currently being impacted by the expansion of digital information and devices into multiple aspects of our lives, including focuses on privacy, bias and ownership in digital spaces. Finally, it explores potential future developments and their implications, and proposes that it is crucial to consider the design of technology and systems in order to support a positive and beneficial direction of change.

    Each chapter includes case studies, primarily drawn from The Creative Exchange, a fiveyear programme which ran from 2012 to 2016 to explore the notion of the digital public space through collaborative cross-sector research.

    Acknowledgements, List of Figures, Introduction, Section 1: How did we get here, Chapter 1 – Defining the Digital Public Space, Chapter 2 – Digital Public Space for the evolved mind, Section 2: What are the attributes and effects of DPS, Chapter 3 – The Physicality of Digital Public Space, Chapter 4 – Inhabiting Digital Information Space, Section 3: What are the consequences of DPS, Chapter 5 – Transactions, payment and ownership, Chapter 6 – Challenges of the Digital Public Space: Privacy, Chapter 7 – Challenges of the Digital Public Space: Bias, Section 4: How do we design digital futures, Chapter 8 – Futures of Digital Public Space, Chapter 9 – Design processes and management in digital public space, Index


    Naomi Jacobs is a researcher currently based at the University of Aberdeen, whose various work focuses on interaction in digital and physical spaces. This has included interdisciplinarity and knowledge exchange, fan practices of sharing online, and the effect on communities of internet of things technologies.

    Rachel Cooper OBE is Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University. Professor Cooper’s research covers: design thinking; design management; design policy, across all sectors of industry. She has a specific interest in design for wellbeing and socially responsible design, and has published widely on these topics.