Family Portrayals: Design to Support Photographic Representations of Intergenerational Relationships in Family Homes

Dr Abigail Durrant

Project Profile

This UK-based project combines Interaction Design and Social Psychology to explore design opportunities for digital photographic display technology in family homes. In particular, it explores the increased participation of teenagers in family photography following the mass-market take-up of digital cameras by younger generations. Research focuses on understanding user experience and involves the exploration of novel design research techniques.

The project was sponsored by the Microsoft Research European PhD Scholarship Programme and supervised by David Frohlich and David Uzzell at UNIS and Abigail Sellen at Microsoft Research Cambridge (MSRC).

Supervisors: Prof. David Frohlich and Dr. David Uzzell.

Contact: Abigail Durrant

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Durrant, A., Frohlich, D., Sellen, A. & Lyons, E. 'Home Curation versus Teenage Photography: Photo Displays in the Family Home'. In International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 67, 12, 2009, Academic Press Inc.

Durrant, A., Taylor, A.S., Frohlich, D., Sellen, A., & Uzzell, D. ‘Photo Displays and Intergenerational Relationships in the Family Home’. To Appear in Proceedings of HCI 2009, Cambridge: BPS Press 2009 (Archival Highlight Prize)

Durrant, A. C., Taylor, A. S., Taylor, S., Molloy, M., Sellen, A., Frohlich, D.M. & Swan, L.: Speculative Devices for Photo Display. Proceedings of CHI'2008: 2297-2302, ACM Press 2008.  

Lindley, S., Durrant, A. C., Kirk, D. & Taylor, A. S.: Collocated Social Practices Surrounding Photos. Proceedings of CHI'2008: 2297-2302, ACM Press 2008.  

Taylor, A. S., Swan, L. & Durrant, A.: Designing family photo displays. Proceedings of ECSCW'2007: 79-98, Springer 2007.  

Durrant, A.: Designing domestic photographic experiences to support autobiographical memory. Proceedings of Creativity & Cognition 2007: 281, ACM Press 2007.

Peters, M., Haynes, S., Saab, J., Mentis, H., Durrant, A. Exploring design as a research activity. Proceedings of CHI'2007: 2861-2864, ACM Press 2007.