Anyone At Home is about lived experience of design.
We have all lived a life before today – and hopefully a life after tomorrow.
Everything that has happened to us in our life informs our choices, expectations and outlook: where we lived; how we lived; and who we lived with.
As we move into different lifestages we can reflect on how our life changed; our health, relationships and financial situation. We also see how our job, education, travel, culture and faith affected and influenced who we are and what we value most.
Our life is a continuum of change. There are some events that we can control. And some that we cannot.
Everyone has a story to tell.
The stories represented in Anyone At Home expose the very close spatial relationship we all have with our home. It explores how that experience changes through different lifestages and circumstances.
Bringing together visual and oral data it highlights the physical environment and the richness of experience as a reflection of how we see the world – and how the world is for us at as a moment in time.
As an open resource, this site is for anyone who has an interest in ethnographic design research and experiential design.
It holistically highlights issues associated with ageing, health, lifestyle, location and changes in personal circumstances. It aims to show the wider context of design: where and why it is important – or not.
If you wish to use the images or text (for which I hold the copyright ©) please contact me for permission.
I hope these stories will be used to inspire others, spark ideas, develop understanding, widen connections, dispel myths and fill existing gaps in our knowledge of home.
I would like to thank everyone who participated in this project for letting me into their lives and homes, so I could share this with you.
People × Society × Ideas × Design
Nuala Rooney, PhD, FRSA, FHEA
Dr Nuala Rooney is an independent human-centred design research consultant based in Northern Ireland.
As one of the very first people in the UK to be awarded a PhD in Interior Design my thesis “At Home With Density: Spatial Representation in Hong Kong Public Housing” (Napier University, 1998) positioned interiors research within the context of high density dwelling. This study was further developed as visual research into an award winning short documentary, A Thousand Pieces of Gold.
I write widely on the subject of interior/spatial design contexts in both academic and popular journals and I am the author of At Home with Density, published by Hong Kong University Press (2003).
My research focus is wholly concerned with human centric design and lived experience. To this I bring academic rigour and creative thinking to highlight the wider cross disciplinary issues within the social/spatial sphere.
As a Fellow of the Higher Education Association (FHEA) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) I have held appointments as External Examiner for academic institutions in the UK, New Zealand and Ireland. I have also judged prestigious design competitions including UA Design Awards and Asia-Pacific Interior Design Awards (APIDA)
Anyone At Home is a radical and leading approach to design research.
It helps people to see, listen, and think more holistically about the questions, problems and solutions that affect people in everyday life.
This project enables new insights to emerge from the rich data of lived experience.
I am keen to work closely with business/industry to help develop a more creative and human centred design approach across a wide range of problems and scenarios.
Please contact me on: Email: email@example.com