MiM

MiM

Strengthening parent-child relationships that have been obscured through distance, technological understanding, and connotational dialect.
Team: Joseph Jang, Ciana Yi, Sabrina Zhu
Advisor: Audrey Desjardins
Role: Ideation, Storyboarding,UX Research
Duration: 10 weeks

Context

In what ways could design enhance people's experiences with their media collection?
Our main goals for this project was to create intentional practices toward our media that helped build and expand relationships.

Interviews

Five participants ages ranging from 16–40 were interviewed using contextual inquiry, card sorting, photo studies, and think aloud processes to help understand problems they had with their media.
Insight 1
More sentimentality towards physical media

Insight 2
Digital media makes collecting media easy but less intentional

Insight 3
Having too much media can be overwhelming and leads to avoidance

How Might We...

combine the sentiment of physical media with the efficiency of digital media to create an experience that connects people in a more curated setting?

Principles

Five participants ages ranging from 16–40 were interviewed using contextual inquiry, card sorting, photo studies, and think aloud processes to help understand problems they had with their media.
Connection Driven
Shared experiences and building up ties to others

Timeless in Use
Easily used for people of all ages and retains sentimental values

Intentional Practices
Encourage a more conscious usage

Ideating with Participants

Narrowing 50+ Ideas down to one. With the help of our five participants we were able to figure out key elements to incorporate into our final product
Usage
Connection was important and narrowing it to parent/child relationships helped enhance the design

Process
Subtracting extraneous steps and simplifying it made the product easier to comprehend

Problems
Parents and their kids had different "micro-dialects" (via gaps in language or generational slang, ex. LOL is often interpreted in older generations as "lots of love")

The Result

MiM is a paired photo and voice recording device that helps bridge parent-child relationships through simple interactions that are afforded to generations with different levels of technological understanding.

Users are able to send and receive physical photos with small voice notes attached to each printed polaroid. These notes help connect lost generational dialects, slang, and tone that each person may have.

MiM tightens the bonds between growing and changing relationships and touching on their nostalgic memories of the good ole days.
Washrooms
Periodical