Towards a more cherishable digital object

C. Golsteijn, E.A.W.H. Hoven, van den, D. Frohlich, A. Sellen

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    As we go about our everyday routines we encounter and interact with numerous physical (e.g. furniture or clothes) and digital objects (e.g. photos or e-mails). Some of these objects may be particular cherished, for example because of memories attached to them. As several studies into cherished objects have shown, we have more difficulties identifying cherished digital objects than physical ones. However, cherishing a small collection of digital objects can be beneficial; e.g. it can encourage active selection of digital objects to keep and discard. This paper presents a study that aimed to increase understanding of cherished physical and digital objects, and beyond that, of how we perceive physical and digital objects, and their advantages and disadvantages. We identified design opportunities for novel products and systems that support the creation of more cherishable digital objects by extrapolating the advantages of the physical to the digital, exploiting the reasons for cherishing digital objects, and aiming for meaningful integrations of physical and digital.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Designing Interactive Systems, 11-15 June 2012, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1210-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventDesigning Interactive Systems Conference, DIS '12 - Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
    Duration: 11 Jun 201215 Jun 2012


    ConferenceDesigning Interactive Systems Conference, DIS '12
    Abbreviated titleDIS 2012
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    CityNewcastle Upon Tyne
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