the service of collating meaningful digital materials over time.
Another area of concern lies in
designing interactive systems
that can deliver this kind of content to receivers in more elegant
and expressive ways. On the one
hand, there are clear opportunities for designing interactive tool
sets for attributing rich annotations to sentimental materials in
anticipation of their inheritance.
On the other, we can imagine a
new space of interactions opening up for the receiver that would
make sense of this kind of collection and perhaps inscribe
another layer of value onto the
memories and legacy it signifies.
Moreover, designing an engaging
space for loved ones to construct
shared value from their digital
inheritance might relieve the
sense of burden and invoke the
social relationships implicated
in these materials in much more
appropriate and satisfying ways.
Designing interactions with
Possessions in Deep Storage
The diverse ways in which people
managed relationships with
departed loved ones were often
reflected in how they stored and
presented physical and digital
possessions in their homes. In
some cases, people possessed
objects that remained troubling,
such as posthumously received
handwritten letters or collections
of digital documents and photos
that the departed had arranged
to be passed on after their death.
Whether concealing physical
objects in a desk drawer or bury-
ing digital files deep within the
directory structure, great care
was taken to both preserve and
hide away these possessions.
Despite their troubling qualities,
these things remained signifi-
cant, and it was crucial for own-
ers to know their location and
be assured of their safety, even
though the materials were hid-
den out of sight. However, there
was no readily accessible way for
people to explicitly differentiate
these digital possessions from
other content within the system.
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