thesis project

DPPI paper

A paper based on my thesis project work was accepted to Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces 2007 student papers and demos.

Read the DPPI paper.

Watch the video sketch shown as part of the presentation.


thesis project references

My thesis project work leveraged ethnographic, cultural, design, and research. References are provided below.

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thesis project process book

This project employs a research through design approach (Zimmerman, Forlizzi & Evenson, 2007) to discover if there is an opportunity for technology to help families eat dinner together more often instead of being slaves to their busy schedules.

For an overview of the project process, download the process book.


thesis project video sketch

Your dinner’s calling leverages families’ current infrastructure. All of this able to to have two way communication with the back-end system. This mesh connection will enable families to use all channels interchangeably.

Third party providers will also enable your dinner’s calling to fit more snuggly into families’ lives. In the scenario, the grocery store’s shopper advantage card system is linked to the your dinner’s calling system can automatically updates its home inventory based on the latest shopping trip. Future service providers can be linked into the system to better allow families to run errands when the opportunity arises.


thesis project motivations

The motivations for this project came from a desire to help families stay connected even after children leave home. Dinnertime activities are seldom referenced as prominent childhood memories, but having family dinner influences future connections both within families and with friends outside the home. The stark contrast of families who have dinner every night together and those who are too busy to take an active interest in each other’s lives points to a distinct opportunity for Design.

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thesis project abstract

Families want to eat dinner together, but lack the time or resources to achieve their desires. A human-centered research and design process explores dual-income American families to better understand their needs and desires to see if technology can help them achieve their goal of having dinner together more often. Literature review, observations, contextualized interviews, and journaling aided the development of concepts which where validated by families. A conceptual service leveraging the existing family infrastructure of mobile phones and personal computers is also explored through scenarios.


thesis project poster

MaxILS_ProjectPoster_webFor a synopsis of the project process, download the project poster.