Wouter van der Hoog, Pieter Stappers, Ianus Keller
Beauty is in the details. Often small things carry an important emotional undertone that determines whether or how we enjoy an event or a product. In this article, we describe how small details of everyday routines were incorporated in the design of a hi-tech communication appliance. As ID-StudioLab's entry to the Microsoft Research Design Expo 2003, the student team "Mamasboys" wanted to design a communication appliance that would enhance the affective value of the communication between relatives living far apart. The students all had experienced such situations when they left their parents behind to pursue their university education. Most…
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