Sharing good memory in the daily life

How time flies! I have been in Sydney for a month and everything here is fresh for me. Sydney is really a vibrant, beautiful and pleasant city. I am very lucky to know so many nice people in the Materialising Memories Lab. What’s more, they are so hard working people which really made me shocked. All these give me a good impression about life and experience here. I would like to share these good memories with my family and friends. How should I do? It seems that there are so many ways I could do. I could call them, send messages and pictures, or make a video call or send a postcard. I am thinking whether we could use a special media to communicate with our family and friends, sharing these good memories with them and giving them a comprehensive sensory experience.

In my previous research and design, I didn’t pay much attention to the emotion. Now I find that the real design could make people moved which means they can transmit emotion, bring back memories and give people surprises. Good design is a poem about life and it could bring people into deep thinking. The emotional memory is people’s memory of emotional experience in the daily life and it has the feature of vividness and impressiveness, and it is one of the most effective way to help people remember. So I would like to do some research on emotional memory and the design of media products.

Items are able to stimulate vivid experience of the past. Interactive devices can stimulate similar functions through cues, for example, photos, audio recording, the objects he used before. I will explore which objects/use behavior would give people positive emotion memory (e.g., wonderful childhood memory) and how do these cues impact on people’s positive emotion memory in the next step. Finally, I hope these study could be used in the design of media products for the sharing of good memories in our daily life.

Xiaomei He

About Xiaomei He

Xiaomei He studied mechanical design and theory (Ph.D. and M.S.) and industrial design (B.A.) in China University of Mining and Technology. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Design, the School of Art and design of China University of Mining and Technology. Her research interests lie in several areas of the fields of ergonomics, machinery dynamic design and interaction design. Now she is mainly invested in the emotional design and the design of media products. Xiaomei He is a Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building of the University of Technology, Sydney. She spent one year in the Materialising Memories research programme, starting in August 2015. She was a recipient of the Overseas Training Program funding by CUMT, PR China.

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