Design for everyday life reflection

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In everyday life, most people reflect frequently. It is a way of thinking to process experiences, to come up with potential solutions to problems and to gain a better understanding. But reflection can be challenging, as it requires time, effort and attention. We identify an opportunity for interaction design to support everyday life reflection by creating new reflective habits. In this thesis, we explore this opportunity by adopting a research-through-design approach. We discuss the notion of everyday life reflection through a review of related literature, a probes study and a questionnaire. Following, we present three design driven studies, exploring how such reflection might be supported through interactive media systems. We conclude that such systems can adopt different strategies and can take different roles. By evaluating interactive systems in the homes of people, we found that integrating new reflective habits in everyday life relies on triggers and opportunity. Reflection occurs not just through the review of media, but in the moment of creation as well. Our findings contribute to the understanding of everyday life reflection as an open process and flexible habit. Secondly, we contribute to the area of design for reflection, through a number of considerations and design examples.
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