The Everyday Design project was led by Professor Ron Wakkary. The project investigated the ways in which non-designers engage in design in their everyday lives, often simply by using and adapting objects, artifacts and routines to suit their needs over time.
The principle mode of investigation for this work was a series of long term ethnographic studies of people in the home. Following on the work of Christopher Alexander, we categorized observed activities and practices into design patterns which recur across households and across time. One of the results emerging from this work was a perspective on the identity of end-users as creative designers rather than consumers, a perspective which affords a more sustainable approach to thinking about design, especially in domestic settings.