Ephemerality as a Design Driver: Evanescent Screen Enabled by the Arctic Weather Conditions

Ismo Herman Alakärppä, Elisa Susanna Jaakkola

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This paper contributes to the discussion on weather-based phenomena as an affordance for creating user interface elements. The transient characteristics of nature concretely represent ephemerality and provide novel metaphors for interaction design. We have studied arctic weather conditions as a new possibility in the context of ephemeral user interfaces and evanescent information presentation. In this article we present our work in progress dealing with an evanescent screen concept referred to as BreathScreen. BreathScreen is an ephemeral surface for projections enabled by breath clouds produced by human beings in arctic weather conditions. Our work entails preliminary observations from experiments with BreathScreen and introduces possibilities for the presentation of personal information. It also and brings out pragmatic challenges encountered in the implementation of BreathScreen.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-4082-3
Publication statusPublished - May 2016
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book
EventACM Conference for Human-Computer Interaction: CHI4GOOD - San Jose, United States
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016


ConferenceACM Conference for Human-Computer Interaction
Abbreviated titleACM CHI 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Internet address

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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