User-centred approach in practice - designing photovoltaic energy use for italian homes

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School of Arts, Design and Architecture | Master's thesis
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2014
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en
Pages
228
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My master thesis concerns how to design a user interface for a home automation product to manage energy consumption in Italian households that have solar panels to produce photovoltaic energy. The aim is to research what the desired way to manage consumption is, particularly to the end-user, but also to other stakeholders, my client There Corporation and the partners in Italy. The book introduces the topic, the client, the brief and the basics of producing photovoltaic energy in Italian households. I also outline different approaches to user-centred design and co-design in literature, explaining the motive for my research. The diary is the biggest section, describing the design project, i.e. my work at There Corporation, week by week. Along the project, I briefly analyse my learnings, reflecting my experiences to the design literary. In the end, I sum up my learnings from the project.
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Nikkanen, Raimo
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Hyysalo, Sampsa
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microgeneration, user-centred design, co-design, service design, user interface, photovoltaic energy
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