Towards a Conceptual Design Framework for Emotional Communication Systems for Long-Distance Relationships

Hong Li, Jonna Häkkilä, Kaisa Väänänen

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Abstract

Couples living in long-distance relationships (LDR) may lack ways to keep emotionally connected. Previous research has presented a wealth of systems and user studies that offer insights of individual systems and their user interface designs. These studies have revealed a multitude of design attributes of the relatedness strategies of LDRs and the user interfaces used in computer-mediated communication (CMC) systems for LDRs. In this paper, we synthesise the multitude of different design attributes, and present a design framework that addresses the five main areas of LDR systems: users (the remote couple), the LDR itself, the used technology, the design of the device, interaction, nature of messages and supported connectedness strategies, and the context of use. We validate the framework by analysing and presenting a set of six existing systems and prototypes in light of this framework, and show how they take into account the central design attributes. As a conclusion, we propose that this framework can be used for design and evaluation of user interfaces of CMC systems for emotional communication to support LDRs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInteractivity, Game Creation, Design, Learning, and Innovation
EditorsAnthony Brooks, Eva Irene Brooks
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-53294-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-53293-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event8th EAI International Conference, ArtsIT 2019, and 4th EAI International Conference DLI 2019 - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 6 Nov 20198 Nov 2019
https://designlearninginnovation.eai-conferences.org/2019/

Publication series

Series Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Volume328
ISSN1867-8211

Conference

Conference8th EAI International Conference, ArtsIT 2019, and 4th EAI International Conference DLI 2019
CountryDenmark
CityAalborg
Period06.11.201908.11.2019
Internet address

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design

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