Affective diary - Designing for bodily expressiveness and self-reflection

Madelene Lindström*, Anna Ståhl, Kristina Höök, Petra Sundström, Jarmo Laaksolathi, Marco Combetto, Alex Taylor, Roberto Bresin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

A diary provides a useful means to express inner thoughts and record experiences of past events. In re-readings, it also provides a resource for reflection, allowing us to re-experience, brood over or even shed the thoughts and feelings we've associated with events or people. To expand on the ways in which we creatively engage in diary-keeping, we have designed an affective diary that captures some of the physical, bodily aspects of experiences and emotions - what we refer to as "affective body memorabilia". The affective diary assembles sensor data, captured from the user and uploaded via their mobile phone, to form an ambiguous, abstract colourful body shape. With a range of other materials from the mobile phone, such as text and MMS messages, photographs, etc., these shapes are made available to the user. Combining these materials, the diary is designed to invite reflection and to allow the user to piece together their own stories.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI'06 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA'06
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1595932984, 9781595932983
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2006
EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2006 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: 22 Apr 200627 Apr 2006


ConferenceConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2006
CityMontreal, QC

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Affective interaction
  • Emotional computing
  • Interactive design
  • Mobile applications
  • Social factors


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