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Media Design Method: Combining Media Studies with Design Science to Make New Media

This paper explores the development of a digital orchestra as an enabler of co-creation in public space.

The research team must be able to respond systematically to on-going, many-faceted, and quite unpredictable practices of media use. The scope is such that development and testing will take several years by teams of 3-4 researchers, plus students. This article belongs to the genre of methodology articles. There are few common references regarding methods, and difficult to compare the designs in a methodical way. I will recommend a comprehensive way of doing things. In this article I stake out a public purpose that should be vital to specifically academic medium design, and present a way for it to be both normative and scientific at the same time.

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How Can Technology Bring Families Together: Exploring User Needs and Design Qualities

Technology has invaded our lives. It is everywhere around us, including our homes. As people take advantage of the technology, they may become so engaged in it that they forget about things that are going on around them.

Increasing usage of digital technology such as social media or individual entertainment may lead to less communication between family members and weakening of the bonds between family members. It is important to not only focus on how mobile and social media technology can be used to connect remote people together, but also how it could reconnect colocated family members. In this paper we present our study of family members’ needs and motivations of spending time physically together, and their feedback to scenarios of embodied family interaction. Our focus is on how to motivate families with teenagers to spend more time with each other. We also present the resulting design qualities for the concept of embodied family history.

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Author: Pradthana Jarusriboonchai
Department: Kungl Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm, Sweden

Author: Kaisa Väänänen-Vainio Mattila
Department: Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland

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