Expanding the Design Space for Intimacy: Supporting Mutual Reflection for Local Partners

TitleExpanding the Design Space for Intimacy: Supporting Mutual Reflection for Local Partners
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBranham, S., S. Harrison, and T. Hirsch
Conference NameDesign of Interactive Systems (DIS 2012)
Date Published06/2012
PublisherACM
Conference LocationNewcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Abstract

The design space for intimate partners has largely been populated with technologies that support distant partners via abstracted presence. We seek to expand the design space to include a wider range of potential users and designs. To this end, we present findings from qualitative interviews with Family Studies experts in the form of a stage-based model of couple connection––Re-pattern, Reflect, Re-story, Reconnect. From this analysis, we identify two new regions in the couples design space, local partners and deep interpersonal sharing. Finally, we share the design of a technology that sits at the intersection of these regions. These findings present new opportunities for designers of intimate collaborative technologies.

 

URLhttp://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2317990&CFID=124917891&CFTOKEN=33402408
DOI10.1145/2317956.2317990