Ladies and mens room mix up. A critical design perspective on social norms at a clubbing environment.

Vanessa Carpenter, Mads Hobye

Desire and Emotion conference, Hong Kong (September 2008)

In an effort to facilitate contact between people at a night club, we created a need for people to communicate: to clarify a confusing situation. This article explains how we developed a prototype for a restroom gender sign switcher, which operated both automatically and as a result of human interaction and input. We explore aspects of communication, question social norms, and explore how critical design can be used to change the dynamic of communication in the context of a night club.