Photo curation practices on smartphones

Xenia Zürn, Koen Damen, Fabienne van Leiden, Mendel Broekhuijsen, Panos Markopoulos

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With camera-enabled phones always at hand, people tend to build large photo collections on these devices, which in turn creates the need of curating such collections. This paper describes a study of curation activities performed on smartphones aiming to identify design opportunities for applications that will help users manage and organize their photo collections. Semi-structured interviews with young adults show that curation on smartphones does not happen without external triggers and is an activity that they postpone and avoid as much as possible. The most usual trigger for curation activities is running out of storage space. Rather than specialized applications participants are content with camera roll applications that are built into their phones. They do not like how photographs are mixed in the camera roll, but value the overview, chronological order and serendipity it allows in viewing. Furthermore, they appreciate automated backup of their photo collections.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Computer Entertainment Technology - 14th International Conference, ACE 2017, Proceedings
EditorsA.D. Cheok, M. Inami, T. Romão
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-76270-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-76269-2
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2018
Event14th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology (ACE 2017) - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Dec 201716 Dec 2017
Conference number: 14

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10714 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference14th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology (ACE 2017)
Abbreviated titleACE 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Design research
  • Interaction design
  • Photo curation
  • PhotoUse
  • Smartphone


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