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Reflecting on the Design Process of the Affective Diary
SICS.
SICS.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0002-4825
2008 (English)In: Proeedings NordiChi, October 20-22, 2008, ACM Press, 2008, 559-564 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Affective Diary is a digital diary that makes use of bio-sensors to add some reminiscence of bodily experiences. The design process behind Affective Diary was ‘sensitive’ to three design qualities extracted from a previous project; providing cues of emotional expressivity building on familiarity, making the design open for personal expressivity and be aware of contradictions between modalities. Through the design process of Affective Diary, with frequent user involvements during the process, these design qualities became further tested, developed and refi ned. By providing a fairly detailed and refl ected description of the design process behind Affective Diary, we aim to provide other designers with inspiration on several levels: both in terms of methods used, but also in why these three design qualities are important and how to realize them. Our aim is also to provide designers with knowledge in the form that makes sense to designers: the practical link between design qualities and fi nal results.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ACM Press, 2008. 559-564 p.
Keyword [en]
Interaction design, design process, affective interaction
National Category
Design
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-158012ISBN: 978-1-59593-704-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-158012DiVA: diva2:773396
Conference
NordiChi, October 20-22, 2008
Note

QC 20141222

Available from: 2014-12-18 Created: 2014-12-18 Last updated: 2015-02-02Bibliographically approved
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1. Designing for Interactional Empowerment
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Designing for Interactional Empowerment
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis further defines how to reach Interactional Empowerment through design for users. Interactional Empowerment is an interaction design program within the general area of affective interaction, focusing on the users’ abil­ity to reflect, express themselves and engage in profound meaning-making.

This has been explored through design of three systems eMoto, Affective Di­ary and Affective Health, which all mirror users’ emotions or bodily reactions in interaction in some way. From these design processes and users’ encoun­ters with the system I have extracted one experiential quality, Evocative Bal­ance, and several embryos to experiential qualities. Evocative Balance refers to interaction experiences in which familiarity and resonance with lived expe­rience are balanced with suggestiveness and openness to interpretation. The development of the concept of evocative balance is reported over the course of the three significant design projects, each exploring aspects of Interaction­al Empowerment in terms of representing bodily experiences in reflective and communicative settings. By providing accounts of evocative balance in play in the three projects, analyzing a number of other relevant interaction design experiments, and discussing evocative balance in relation to existing con­cepts within affective interaction, we offer a multi-grounded construct that can be appropriated by other interaction design researchers and designers.

This thesis aims to mirror a designerly way of working, which is recognized by its multigroundedness, focus on the knowledge that resides in the design pro­cess, a slightly different approach to the view of knowledge, its extension and its rigour. It provides a background to the state-of-the-art in the design communi­ty and exemplifies these theoretical standpoints in the design processes of the three design cases. This practical example of how to extend a designer’s knowledge can work as an example for design researchers working in a similar way.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014. x, 134 p.
Series
TRITA-CSC-A, ISSN 1653-5723 ; 2014:20
Series
SICS DISSERTATION SERIES, ISSN 1101-1335 ; 71
National Category
Design
Research subject
Human-computer Interaction
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-158016 (URN)978-91-7595-409-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-03-20, D2, Lindstedtsvägen 5, KTH, Stockholm, 10:15 (English)
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QC 20150202

Available from: 2015-02-02 Created: 2014-12-18 Last updated: 2015-03-06Bibliographically approved

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