design research for social media
Several design research projects, processes and exercises were carried out in the project. These activities provided valuable knowledge and understanding for the development of the larger-scale experimental productions and building and refining the design vision. Some of the work and themes explored in these projects are taken and explored further out in other projects of the Arki research group.
Kitchen Album is a Mediaspaces project that explores ways to enhance people's communication of everyday life using audio and visual media tools to support the natural sharing of cooking knowledge in the kitchen, generating in this way a new everyday life "mediaspace". It is a digital device for kitchen that allows users to collect, archive and share cooking knowledge, tricks, memories and tradition in audio and visual format. That way people can cook together with somebody who is not necessarily present at the same place and time.
Four Siblings was a project which worked on a conceptual design of an environment, where sequences of video could be identified and commented. These sequences of video could then be linked to other sequences of video and audio, images, lines of written documents (letters, diaries etc) and other meaningful information (news, articles, data in various archives etc). The material in this investigation was 30 hours of video recordings of siblings who are watching old photos and videos and reminiscing.
self documentation as a new media practise
When creating new media services, it is useful to map existing communities that are related to the phenomenon. One interesting subculture related to collaborative video creation is skateboarding where kids have been documenting their hobby and producing rock-video style movies since 80's. We have studied three teenage groups by observing and interviewing them. Through co-design and participatory design process we came up with design proposals and created web-service that enabled editing and sharing of self-made videos. Along Co-design process informants participated the design and creation of the services they might need and use.
The Lived scenarios -project conducted a course with students from Stadia polytechic and university of Art and Design Helsinki, where the Mediaspace scenarios are designed into role-plays and then acted and recorded. A DVD with video recordings of the scenarios is available.
The aim of the Umeme project was to map eco-systemic issues in the current digital media environment. During the Umeme -project, 12 people (one professional, 11 everyday people) were interviewed on their views and use of media and related devices. During the interview, each interviewee wrote their thoughts on cards. Three kinds of blank cards were made: violet/problems, yellow/needs and orange/dreams.
greetings from here
Small written notes are a popular element of informal family communications: "Hi mom! I went out, I'll be back at 5." Terveisiä kotiin! was a test case project exploring how Voice Notes could enhance the practice of making informal announcements or reminders as part of family communications. Voice Notes are an exploration of the different ways and strategies in which audio notes and messages can support everyday practices in the context of communities. The explorations are realised in form of trial projects we call test cases. The Voice Notes test cases aim at offering people tools for making notes for various individual and shared purposes and then exploring how the notes are utilised: archived, commented, shared etc..
informal media archiving
This design research project examined what are the archiving practices and needs for people's personal audiovisual media, the one which is produced them and the ones which are produced by others. It examined the technological solutions and challenges which support or question the practices of preserving personal audiovisual media today. The project produced a set of design principles to support the design of archival features for personal, everyday media use and illustrated this in the form of scenarios.