Story Shell: the participatory design of a bespoke digital memorial

Wendy Moncur, Miriam Julius, Elise van den Hoven, David Kirk

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    This paper describes the participatory process involved in designing a bespoke, tangible, digital memorial – Story Shell - with a bereaved parent. We drew on an emergent framework for digital memorials in considering who should author and experience the memorial, what content should be included, what form the memorial should take, and what message it was intended to convey. A key finding was that the participatory design process itself served as a memorial, by presenting opportunities for the participant to share detailed memories of their loved one. Reflections on the process deliver insights for makers and analysts on how to work in sensitive design spaces, where there is a need to consider not only an object’s form but also its situation within a delicate social context.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th Participatory Innovation Conference PIN-C 2015
    EditorsRianne Valkenburg, Coen Dekkers, Janneke Sluijs
    Place of PublicationThe Hague
    PublisherHague University of Applied Science
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9789073077669
    Publication statusPublished - May 2015
    EventParticipatory Innovation Conference 2015 - Den Haag, Netherlands
    Duration: 18 May 201520 May 2015


    ConferenceParticipatory Innovation Conference 2015
    Abbreviated titlePIN-C 2015
    CityDen Haag
    Internet address


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