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  1. 1. The (Digital) Place You Love Is Gone: Loss in Space BUILT 2012 Joe Sokohl @mojoguzzi Friday, March 16, 2012 Progress has an impact on our selves...not just physical progress, but digital as well. SouthBy certainly focuses on progress. I'm interested in “at what cost.”
  2. 2. on.com okP iers aHolbro Me liss Friday, March 16, 2012 So, I am starting with this great book by the wonderful Melissa Holbrook Pierson. She talks about how important place is to us...and what we experience when it changes, and changes drastically.
  3. 3. Friday, March 16, 2012 Her books like “The Perfect Vehicle: What It Is About Motorcycles” and “The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing” deal with place, self, and change as well.
  4. 4. ʼt re call can you frie nds all the all? t at lly exis rea do t hey http://northforksound.blogspot.com/2010_09_01_archive.html Friday, March 16, 2012 The great Lowell George of little Feat, in “Easy to Slip,” sings about loss. Our sense of self is tied to our sense of place...
  5. 5. Friday, March 16, 2012 Sometimes those memories have to do with family, with friends, with people...but usually people in a place.
  6. 6. Friday, March 16, 2012 What happens when we return to those places....and they're changed. Do those people really exist at all anymore?
  7. 7. Friday, March 16, 2012 Our sense of self is strongly tied to place. Many of us can tie memory to a mall or house or synagogue. Here is where you kissed your first girl...there is where you shoplifted a bag of Swedish Fish...
  8. 8. Friday, March 16, 2012 ...and when progress radically alters that landscape, we are lost. Now, the place you loved is so much broken signage....disappeared, non-existent shops...
  9. 9. Friday, March 16, 2012 ...broken pavement, or at worst, simply nothingness. Atreyu lost. The Nothing won.
  10. 10. http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnpaultitlow/451069459/sizes/z/in/photostream/ Friday, March 16, 2012 Altered landscapes affect our cognitive processes, whether they're physical or digital. At one time, this is what folks longed for. Even Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan reflected its meme, now long forgotten.
  11. 11. Friday, March 16, 2012 and, sometimes, our digital home just gets...bulldozed.
  12. 12. Friday, March 16, 2012 Sometimes we look back with fondness at our first forays into a digital anchor. How many started here with TheFacebook?
  13. 13. Friday, March 16, 2012 Then renovation radically refaces our home. When several of these changes happened, lots of folks expressed their anger
  14. 14. Friday, March 16, 2012 ...and when it moves the line even further afield, frustration, loss, and anger bubble up to the fore.
  15. 15. Friday, March 16, 2012 Nostalgia is a powerful emotion, coming from the Greek for ”home” and ”pain”
  16. 16. erie nce exp atio n of nific suburba http://www.mobilebloom.com/ Friday, March 16, 2012 The impending suburbanification of the digital experience promises to fragment our relationship with our digital homes
  17. 17. Friday, March 16, 2012 Some firms have been working at radically altering how we think about debt, tasks, and time. Great stuff
  18. 18. http://forevergeek.com/ Friday, March 16, 2012 Yet at some point, don't we just wanna go back in time? Strains of Huey Lewis waft somewhere behind us.
  19. 19. u that! ld y o a to Ic ould Friday, March 16, 2012 And so at the end of every hard-working day, people find some reason to believe
  20. 20. So... • Realize the effect design changes have • Provide a path for folks to go home • Understand how loss affects people • Avoid unintended design disjunct • Know that we all wanna go back in time Many thanks Joe Sokohl Joe@RegularJoeConsulting.com 1.804.873.6964 @mojoguzzi Friday, March 16, 2012 So there you have it. Many thanks!

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