OzCHI24 is an annual international 24-hour student design competition run as part of the OzCHI conference, Australia’s leading forum for work in all areas of Human-Computer Interaction. This year the topic was to "Design The Future of E-mail".
24 hours | Umeå Institute of Design | together with Kevin Gaunt, Jenni Toriseva and Regimantas Vegele
As mobile devices become more prevalent in our lifestyles it raises the question of how a healthy work-life balance can be upheld. The user research in this student design challenge project revealed that there are people who receive more work related emails per hour than they can respond to. This causes stress and performance anxiety in the long run.
Our hypothesis is that these individuals would prefer to receive only the relevant messages and over the most suitable communication channel (e.g. phone calls, instant messaging, etc.). We propose a playful and tangible system that makes the sender more aware of the workload the recipient is under. We postulate that this system would lower the amount of irrelevant emails being sent, as users would have to reconsider the importance of their messages.
This is the video response “Hush Tube: Designing a tangible and quieter email” (alongside with the research paper) submitted by my team (of 4 people) from the Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden. Overall, our team was selected among the 8 best ones out of more than 60 participating. Moreover, the paper was chosen to be featured in the OzCHI conference catalogue.
Throughout the 24-hour challenge we were updating the blog on our progress and findings, which can be found here.