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Photo Displays and Intergenerational Relationships in the Family Home

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People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology (HCI)

Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology

1 - 5 September 2009

Family photo displays, teen photography, situated displays, participatory design, interaction design, critical design, home life

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      In this paper we describe a design-orientated field study in which we deploy a novel digital display device to explore the potential integration of teenage and family photo displays at home, as well as the value of situated photo display technologies for intergenerational expression. This exploration is deemed timely given the contemporary take-up of digital capture devices by teenagers and the unprecedented volume of photographic content that teens generate. Findings support integration and the display of photos on a standalone device, as well as demonstrating the interventional efficacy of the design as a resource for provoking reflection on the research subject. We also draw upon the theoretical concept of Dialogism to understand how our design mediates intergenerational relationships and interaction aesthetics relating to the notion of ‘constructive conflict’.

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      [ 1 ]University of Surrey


      Surrey GU2 7XH, UK

      +44 1483 300800
      [ 2 ]Microsoft Research

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      Cambridge CB3 0FB, UK

      +44 1223 479700
      September 2009
      September 2009
      : 10-19
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      Churchill College Cambridge, UK
      1 - 5 September 2009
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