How can we enhance long-distance familial relationships?
In an era where photography is ubiquitous and cheap, maybe there is a way to make memories precious again.
Re-Collection grants the user the ability to take and send photos, and gradually gathers a collection from which memories print in random order, adding an element of surprise and delight to these treasured relationships.
We interviewed...
four participants and conducted different methods of gathering insights, such as role-playing and having them sketch out sample postcards.

We used an empathy map to gather insights about long-distance family relationships, which we further analyzed using the 3 Levels of Why method to try to gain deeper understanding of the issue.

INSIGHT 1: The senses of sight, sound, and touch are the primary vessels for maintaining intimacy in long-distance relationships.

Process Storyboard by Julia Chao
At this point in the process, we were thinking about ways to make the product sustainable, surprising, and intriguing by having the memories disappear once the family members meet again. 

INSIGHT 2: Memories are too precious to lose
We realized through user testing that losing the memories would disrupt the overall intent of the product, so we decided to keep the memories appear temporarily but stored forever. 
We also tried to make the final product more portable for travel convenience, since participants doubted they would carry around a large camera just to communicate with one person. In theory, the picture would be displayed by a flexible LCD film which would roll up into the device.

Final Storyboard
Our final prototype included a 3D-printed model, the video, and a poster demonstrating our concept. I helped the most with participant research, sketching and developing the form of the device, and crafting written communication of our concept. 
Created for Design 206: Design Methods


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