“More than just Space”: Designing to Support Assemblage in Virtual Creative Hubs

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This paper aims to understand interactions at creative hubs, and how this understanding can be used to inform the design of virtual creative hubs – i.e., social-technical infrastructures that support hub-like interactions amongst people who aren’t spatially or temporally co-located. We present findings from a qualitative field study in UK creative hubs, in which we conducted seventeen observations and ten interviews in three sites. Our findings reveal a range of key themes that define interactions within creative hubs: smallness of teams; neutrality of the hubs; value of the infrastructure; activities and events; experience sharing; and community values and rules. These interactions together form a network and elements that influence one another to make a creative hub more than just physical space. We employ the concept of Assemblage introduced by Deleuze and Guattari to explore this network of interactions and, in doing so, reveal implications for the design of virtual creative hubs that seek to replicate them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781450351980
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2018
EventACM DIS Conference on Designing Interactive Systems 2018 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 9 Jun 201813 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameACM Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)2168-4081


ConferenceACM DIS Conference on Designing Interactive Systems 2018
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong

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  • Assemblage
  • Creative hub
  • Form of content and expression
  • Informing design
  • Interactions

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