The 'Memory Space' and 'The Conference': Exploring Future Uses of Web2.0 and Mobile Internet through Design Interventions
Pierson Et al (eds) (2011) New Media technologies and User Empowerment. Frankfurt: Peter Lang
19 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2014
Date Written: 2010
New digital media offers many opportunities to record, organise and review our activities, communications and thoughts. Much of this activity is conceived of in terms of “real-time” communication, or abstract, disembodied information access. It is becoming clear, however, that Web2.0 and personal mobile media also have important implications for collective memory practices.
This chapter describes some of the work of a project, “Branded Meeting Places: Ubiquitous technology for meaningful social encounter in urban spaces”, that explored the changing use of space and place for formal and informal meetings and social encounters, using ideas from practice and theory of branding. The project deployed a “research by design” methodology, and used exploratory studies, and speculative design, and workshops with “user-designers” to create prototype digital games in urban spaces, extensions of social networking systems, and virtual environments using new technologies of space and place.
Keywords: design, space, memory, place, meetings, branding
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