Questions & Format

The following questions were asked to first define how interviewees identify with the Arduino; second, to talk in depth about their Arduino projects; third, to define any modifications they made to the Arduino board; and finally to investigate their creative process with the Arduino in the ways it either achieved or limited their artwork. The format varied between in-person conversations, phone calls, Skype, instant messaging, and email. Nine participants were interviewed in person, three were interviewed over the phone, four were interviewed over Skype, two over instant message and nineteen were interviewed over email. All conversations were recorded with permission of the interviewee.

  • What is your education/training in?
  • How did you get started with electronics? 
 Lineage with Arduino 
  • When did you first hear about the Arduino?
  • When was your first project?
  • What was your first Arduino project? 
 Learning curve 
  • Did you already know how to code?
  • What is your history with the Arduino?
  • How would you describe the learning curve to the Arduino vs. other microcontrollers you may have used? 
 About the Art 
  • Have you created pieces that included modifications to the Arduino board?
  • What were the steps you took to create [title of piece]?
  • Was there something in your piece that you didn't get around to doing?
  • What motivates you to use Arduino in your artwork or designs?
  • Is there anything you attribute to the Arduino for enhancing your ingenuity or creative process?
Future of Art 
  • What are you going to work on next?
  • What else do you wish the Arduino could do?

The results were aggregated into a spreadsheet based on the interview question or other common threads discussed in conversation, such as cost of microcontrollers, where artworks or designs were shown, and any further personal stories they had with the history of the usage of the Arduino. Because many interviews were conversational, the questions were not answered directly in every instance. Data was categorized according to the three research questions listed in Section 5.1, and further analyzed to draw conclusions.