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Design with Time in Mind - EuroIA 2013

by Freelance Interaction Designer at Notura on Oct 01, 2013

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Find the full write-up at: http://notura.com/2013/12/designing-with-time-in-mind/ ...

Find the full write-up at: http://notura.com/2013/12/designing-with-time-in-mind/

From Stonehenge’s summer solstice to medieval genealogical charts and from grandfather to atomic clocks, Europe has a long history of building tools to keep track of and organise time. With the rise of social networks and the always-online capability of mobile phones, tracking and organising time plays a bigger role than ever. Facebook and Twitter pull us more and more away from the past and the future into a continuous present. Should we stay in the eternal now or do we need new tools for a longer time perspective?

How to successfully design for organising time is the question I will answer in my presentation. I will do this first by understanding the different ways people perceive time, second by analysing the different design solutions available for organising time, and finally by discussing a series of case studies that all have their own unique approaches to addressing past, present and future.

People experience time in different ways, some live surrounded by memories of the past, others are obsessed by accomplishing goals in the future. I will address some interesting findings from the field of time psychology, specifically, the time perspective inventory developed by psychologist Philip Zimbardo. His way of organising our attitudes to time around six variables is a great framework for a time-centred design project.

Over the last three millennia many useful ways of measuring and representing time have been developed. I will present a framework for understanding these different tools as design patterns. I will then demonstrate their practical uses for designing with time.

To show how an understanding of time perspective and design patterns can be used to structure and design a project, I will discuss several cases such as Lanyrd, Facebook,Timehop and Any.do to demonstrate how different approaches to working with time lead to very different outcomes.

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