There was no ‘in it together’ during lockdown. Depending on your place in the world, your experience with Government attempts to control the virus will have been very different. Here, looking from the UK, I discuss some of the factors that differentiate us and need naming.
There are themes I return to that are not about human-computer interaction, design or people’s experience of them, but exist across these, as the reason I do my work.
This story is both sad and creepy. The sadness belongs to the story. The creepiness is all my own, in that I found myself investigating someone else’s life and the intimate details that modern living spreads across the internet.
My question is bigger and trickier to answer than theirs. I don’t just want to do my work well online while locked down. I want to speculate on the shape of things to come.
It has never been more important to learn from the knowledge traditions that look to meaning, care and co-construction. While the focus has been on science and social science, hundreds of thousands of artists, community leaders, alternative designers, citizen groups, theatre makers, and creative practitioners of all sorts were devising practical responses to the pressing need to rethink relations in the world.