[You+Me] Finding Intimacy in the Mundane

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Thalith Nasir
MS Capstone Presentation, Human Computer Interaction/design
May 11, 2010
Indiana University-Bloomingon

My Masters Thesis presentation on how to mediate and foster intimacy in the mundane. Intro by my advisor, Prof Shaowen Bardzell.

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/bengoode/485365403/sizes/l/in/set-72157600201445020/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/wa-j/2550472538/sizes/l/Lets talk about relationships. Yes, the Obamas are part of it.
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  • What about the times when we’re not in the highlights? And the times when we’re not together?
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  • Show the peaks and troughs, and the magnitude of the mundane. Essentially, when we talk about our lives, we focus on the peaks and valleys. The majority of our lives, the in between, the interstices, are rarely mentioned.
  • Show the peaks and troughs, and the magnitude of the mundane. Essentially, when we talk about our lives, we focus on the peaks and valleys. The majority of our lives, the in between, the interstices, are rarely mentioned.
  • Show the peaks and troughs, and the magnitude of the mundane. Essentially, when we talk about our lives, we focus on the peaks and valleys. The majority of our lives, the in between, the interstices, are rarely mentioned.
  • We CAN capture the mundaneWe use diaries, notebooks, Photography as a medium for capturing the every day. Its quick, low barrier, becoming easier and easier. Picture = 1000 words. Can be used to trigger associations/memory.
  • http://armandfrasco.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/02/11/juenger_diaries_b.jpgCurrent systems/tools for examining the mundane,Diaries, conversations, photographs, home videos, Instant Messages, text messages
  • Visual…immediate…response
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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/erikbenson/4339975126/sizes/o/in/set-72157611688977395/Talk about how these two exemplars are progressive limits set on our highlights by making it so that we have less editorial control.
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/erikbenson/4400577616/in/set-72157611688977395/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/erikbenson/4342115267/in/set-72157611688977395/Talk about how these two exemplars are progressive limits set on our highlights by making it so that we have less editorial control.
  • So what if you’re in a relationship and you gave up a little of your editorial control of your life. What if you couldn’t pick out and select the highlights of the day. At least not in the way you are used to.
  • What if you and your partner received a message on your phone. Randomly. Asking you to ‘Take a picture”.
  • Taking a picture for an audience of 1
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  • When we as couples editorializing our lives…we
  • Diptychs3 times a day was too muchWanted to see longer durations..
  • Diptychs3 times a day was too muchWanted to see longer durations..
  • Diptychs3 times a day was too muchWanted to see longer durations..
  • Diptychs3 times a day was too muchWanted to see longer durations..
  • Diptychs3 times a day was too muchWanted to see longer durations..
  • Jaclyn incorporating other people into itAbhi using this as a way of indicating that he was home early. This was done by taking a picture of a shared artifact, a kitchen clock. On the surface it looks very functional, but in reality its not.
  • Jaclyn incorporating other people into itAbhi using this as a way of indicating that he was home early. This was done by taking a picture of a shared artifact, a kitchen clock. On the surface it looks very functional, but in reality its not.
  • Using this as a way to send messages.
  • Using this as a way to send messages.
  • Emily using this to send messages.
  • Emily using this to send messages.
  • Using this as a replacement for current practices
  • Using this as a replacement for current practices
  • Burr having a heightened sense of awareness of where Xuan works and spends 20hrs of the week.
  • Burr having a heightened sense of awareness of where Xuan works and spends 20hrs of the week.
  • By virtue of
  • Sometimes its nice when we have a moment of connection.
  • Sometimes its nice when we have a moment of connection.
  • And its even better when we have two moments of connection.
  • Before I participated in the study, I wouldn't photograph things and send them to her, I would either a) describe them when we got together later in the day or b) forget about them on accident.
  • Before I participated in the study, I wouldn't photograph things and send them to her, I would either a) describe them when we got together later in the day or b) forget about them on accident.
  • Before I participated in the study, I wouldn't photograph things and send them to her, I would either a) describe them when we got together later in the day or b) forget about them on accident.
  • Before I participated in the study, I wouldn't photograph things and send them to her, I would either a) describe them when we got together later in the day or b) forget about them on accident.
  • Giving up control is a part of it. Which is interesting considering we typically want users to be prepared, be able to predict what is going to happen next in terms of design and usability.
  • Giving up control is a part of it. Which is interesting considering we typically want users to be prepared, be able to predict what is going to happen next in terms of design and usability.
  • Giving up control is a part of it. Which is interesting considering we typically want users to be prepared, be able to predict what is going to happen next in terms of design and usability.
  • I like seeing our pictures together quite a bit. It shows how our lives are lived in parallel when we are apart. Kind of like a separate but together thing. It also exposes our difference in experience of each day.
  • I’d like everyone here to try this design. A low-fi version that would still enable a lot of the things we’ve talked about in this presentation. It may not include the
  • I’d like everyone here to try this design. A low-fi version that would still enable a lot of the things we’ve talked about in this presentation. It may not include the
  • [You+Me] Finding Intimacy in the Mundane

    1. 1. [You + Me]<br />finding intimacy in the mundane<br />thalithnasir<br />advised by shaowenbardzell<br />
    2. 2.
    3. 3. Dates<br />
    4. 4. Dates<br />
    5. 5. Birthdays<br />
    6. 6. Anniversaries<br />
    7. 7. Conflict<br />
    8. 8. Conflict<br />
    9. 9. What about the rest of the time?<br />
    10. 10.
    11. 11.
    12. 12.
    13. 13.
    14. 14.
    15. 15.
    16. 16.
    17. 17.
    18. 18. Honey, how was your day?<br />
    19. 19. Uhhh…nothing happened. <br />
    20. 20. We think of lifetimes as mostly the exceptional and sorrows. Marriage we remember as the children,vacations, and emergencies. The uncommon parts.<br />“Highlights and Interstices” by Jack Gilbert<br />
    21. 21. We think of lifetimes as mostly the exceptional and sorrows. Marriage we remember as the children,vacations, and emergencies. The uncommon parts.But the best is often when nothing is happening.The way a mother picks up the child almost withoutnoticing and carries her across Waller Streetwhile talking with the other woman. What if shecould keep all of that?<br />“Highlights and Interstices” by Jack Gilbert<br />
    22. 22. We think of lifetimes as mostly the exceptional and sorrows. Marriage we remember as the children,vacations, and emergencies. The uncommon parts.But the best is often when nothing is happening.The way a mother picks up the child almost withoutnoticing and carries her across Waller Streetwhile talking with the other woman. What if shecould keep all of that? Our lives happen betweenthe memorable. I have lost two thousand habitualbreakfasts with Michiko. What I miss most abouther is that commonplace I can no longer remember.<br />“Highlights and Interstices” by Jack Gilbert<br />
    23. 23. <the sine wave of life><br />
    24. 24. <the sine wave of life><br />
    25. 25. <the sine wave of life><br />
    26. 26. The mundane<br />a tool for mediating intimacy<br />
    27. 27. Elaine and Patrick<br />
    28. 28. Why photography?<br />
    29. 29. Jamie livingstone<br />Photo of the Day<br />
    30. 30.
    31. 31.
    32. 32.
    33. 33.
    34. 34.
    35. 35.
    36. 36.
    37. 37.
    38. 38. Buster benson<br />8:36pm<br />
    39. 39.
    40. 40.
    41. 41.
    42. 42.
    43. 43. What if?<br />
    44. 44.
    45. 45. a concept<br />
    46. 46. A concept<br />
    47. 47. A concept<br />
    48. 48. A concept<br />
    49. 49. autoethnography<br />my experiences<br />
    50. 50.
    51. 51. “Weirdly, seeing your empty soup bowl was one of the more intimatemoments of our relationship.” <br />
    52. 52.
    53. 53. What I learned<br />my experiences<br />
    54. 54. What I learned<br />
    55. 55. What I learned<br />3 prompts<br />
    56. 56. What I learned<br />3 prompts<br />
    57. 57. What I learned<br />2 prompts<br />
    58. 58. The evaluation<br />
    59. 59. The evaluation<br />5 couples<br />
    60. 60. The evaluation<br />
    61. 61. The evaluation<br />2 prompts<br />
    62. 62. The evaluation<br />2 weeks<br />
    63. 63. The evaluation<br />
    64. 64. The evaluation<br />72 images<br />
    65. 65. The evaluation<br />2 surveys<br />
    66. 66. Analysis<br />lets tie it in<br />
    67. 67.
    68. 68. Non-verbal communication<br />Register, Henley 1992<br />
    69. 69.
    70. 70. Self Disclosure, Expressive acts<br />Vetere, Gibbs 2005<br />
    71. 71. Reciprocity<br />(Vetere, Gibbs 2005; Bardzell, et al 2010)<br />
    72. 72.
    73. 73. Self Disclosure, Expressive <br />Vetere, Gibbs 2005<br />
    74. 74.
    75. 75. I really like that [he] used interesting pictures to make me happy and cheer me up after I told him that I was not having a great time. It's much more interesting and thoughtful than to just say "I'm sorry" or "Cheer up".<br />
    76. 76. Emotional<br />(Vetere, Gibbs 2005)<br />
    77. 77.
    78. 78. I only really got to see a computer and a conference table, but it was cool to have some sense of where she spends 20 hours a week.<br />
    79. 79. Self-Disclosure<br />(Vetere, Gibbs et al 2005)<br />
    80. 80.
    81. 81. Destiny & Surprise<br />(Register, Henley 1992),<br />
    82. 82. Destiny & Surprise<br />(Register, Henley 1992),<br />
    83. 83. When I began to take pictures without being prompted, I began noticing things in the world that she would like and actually having the thought <br />"I can share this with [her]" <br />
    84. 84. When I began to take pictures without being prompted, I began noticing things in the world that she would like and actually having the thought <br />"I can share this with [her]" <br />Behavior Change<br />
    85. 85. When I began to take pictures without being prompted, I began noticing things in the world that she would like and actually having the thought <br />"I can share this with [her]" <br />Awareness<br />
    86. 86. When I began to take pictures without being prompted, I began noticing things in the world that she would like and actually having the thought <br />"I can share this with [her]" <br />Presence in Absence<br />(Vetere, Gibbs et al 2005)<br />
    87. 87. I'm always curious about whether people are the same personality when they're with me as when I'm not there… I mean they could shed their skin and turn into a lizard when you're not around. <br />Trust/Commitment<br />Vetere, Gibbs 2005<br />
    88. 88. I'm always curious about whether people are the same personality when they're with me as when I'm not there… I mean they could shed their skin and turn into a lizard when you're not around. I feel like I learned that his personality is very similar when I'm not there, which is very comforting. I'm even more trusting of who he is and I feel even more secure in our relationship. <br />Trust/Commitment<br />Vetere, Gibbs 2005<br />
    89. 89. I'm always curious about whether people are the same personality when they're with me as when I'm not there… I mean they could shed their skin and turn into a lizard when you're not around. I feel like I learned that his personality is very similar when I'm not there, which is very comforting. I'm even more trusting of who he is and I feel even more secure in our relationship. <br />Trust/Commitment<br />Transformation<br />Register, Henley 1992<br />
    90. 90. Summary of studies<br />
    91. 91. Summary of studies<br />Emotional<br />Awareness<br />Self-disclosure<br />Destiny & Surprise<br />Behavior Change<br />Reciprocity<br />Trust<br />Expressive Acts<br />
    92. 92. Key principles<br />Where do we go from here?<br />
    93. 93. Reflection<br />Randomness<br />Intimacy <br />in the Mundane<br />An <br />Audience <br />of One<br />
    94. 94. Reflection<br />Randomness<br />Intimacy <br />in the Mundane<br />An <br />Audience <br />of One<br />
    95. 95. Reflection<br />Randomness<br />Intimacy <br />in the Mundane<br />An <br />Audience <br />of One<br />
    96. 96. Reflection<br />Randomness<br />Intimacy <br />in the Mundane<br />An <br />Audience <br />of One<br />
    97. 97. Future directions<br />Where do we go from here?<br />
    98. 98. A request<br />
    99. 99. A request<br />thalith@gmail.com<br />
    100. 100. Thank you<br />Binaebi<br />Emily<br />James<br />“Natasha”<br />“Zubair”,<br />“Lilly”<br /> “Bill”<br />Abhi<br />Jaclyn<br />Xuan<br />Burr<br />The Design Club<br />HCI/d Cohort<br />Shaowen<br />Rachel<br />Marty<br />Erik,<br />Eli<br />Moe<br />Casey<br />Matt Obrakta<br />
    101. 101. Image credits<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/bengoode/485365403/sizes/l/in/set-72157600201445020/<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/wa-j/2550472538/sizes/l/ <br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/mon_oeil/2262300204/sizes/o/ <br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/jay_que/2649304833/sizes/l/<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/smilekerry/3224201623/sizes/l/<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/markjsebastian/2347290530/sizes/l/<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/viriyincy/4141948052/sizes/l/<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/simonmiller/169060848/sizes/o/<br />http://www.theyoungestcandidate.com/main/Portals/0/twitter_logo.png<br />
    102. 102. Questions<br />

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