Designing Documentary Informatics

Elsden, Chris, Durrant, Abigail, Chatting, David and Kirk, David (2017) Designing Documentary Informatics. In: ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '17), 10-14 June 2017, Edinburgh.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1145/3064663.3064714

Abstract

In this paper, we describe a Research through Design inquiry about a speculative wedding documentation service, in the mode of the Quantified Self. We reflect on our design research, which included design ethnography, interviews, enactments of parts of the service, and the production of a concept brochure. In so doing, we explore the design of personal tracking as a documentary activity, one intended for longer-term self-expression and remembering – rather than simply to monitor, regulate and motivate a data-driven life. Developing the Lived Informatics discourse, we use our design-led inquiry to propose ‘Documentary Informatics’ as an alternative and longer-term design perspective on self-tracking tools.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Documentary Informatics; Data-Driven Life; Quantified Self; Speculative Methods; Remembering; Weddings
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
G500 Information Systems
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: David Kirk
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2017 09:42
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2017 13:19
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/31166

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