The snaps of strangers

One of the articles in Issue 28 of The Plug shows the results of tying a disposable camera to a bench in Atlanta, leaving it to strangers to fill the roll. The results show the street life around, friends, strangers, dogs. All kinds of stuff.

I don’t quite know what you’d call this research method, if it is one. Maybe a randomised ethnography? I’m not serious, but I do like this approach. We had an intern at the lab a couple of years ago from Dundee’s Innovative Product Design course called Murray Sim who had employed a range of these kind of approaches in the design of a park bench that you could send text message to. He left magnetic letters and magnetic poetry on one metal bench, for example.

From The Plug:

“I tied a disposable camera to a bench with a sign that read:

Good afternoon,
I attached this camera to the ben
ch so you could take pictures. Seriously. So have fun. I’ll be back later this evening to pick it up.
Love, Jay / The Plug

When I retrieved the camera that night, I was happy to find that the entire roll of film had been shot. Below are the photos that were taken.”

The Plug – Stranger Photos Have Happened

HCI 2020 report on the radio

A little bit of coverage of the HCI 2020 report launch on the World Service’s “Digital Planet” radio show. Here’s the points during the show where our coverage begins:

14:10 – Being Human segment begins

14:49 – Interview with Gary Marsden begins

15:50 – Interview with Abi Sellen begins

19:40 – End of segment

“Digital Planet speaks to Abigail Sellen from Microsoft Research Cambridge, one of the authors of the report, about her work in designing a clock that tells where people are in real time; at home, at work or in transit.”

Here’s a link directly to the broadcast. I think. In typical BBC style it may “age gracefully” and not be available in a week or so.