Domestic Digital

Understanding new patterns of work-life at home

How can we provide insights into the modern phenomenon of ‘home workers,’ and how they balance their professional and personal commitments?  

There are many reasons people work from home, whether they run their business remotely, work as freelancers, live rurally, or have flexible working arrangements. Domestic Digital is a project investigating the digitally-smart future of paid (career) and unpaid (life admin) work in the home environment. It has been commissioned by Intel and is run collaboratively between WORKTECH Academy and the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design.

Designer, Robert Thorpe, has been researching the ways in which different people work from home across four regions in Europe by focusing on their working spaces, the technology that they use to assist them while working, and how their own daily routines and behaviours inform the way they navigate their work and home life.

These insights uncover different kinds of home working environments around Europe and the ways in which smart technology at home can be incorporated to improve the productivity and enjoyment of working from home.

Research Associate: 
Robert Thorpe

Social & Global Research Leader: 
Dr Jak Spencer

Research Partner:
Intel