Me, Myself & Data - Principles for the Design of Self-Tracking Services

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Conference Proceedings
Authors: Vanessa MonogioudisHannah Peres

Abstract: In this paper, we will explore how applying principles of design research to the design of self-tracking services can lead to a more human and delightful user experience, and thus more desirable services. Design research has always aimed at helping design human-centered products and services. To do so, researchers follow various guidelines to ensure that the conducted research is relevant, ethical and inspiring. The rise of new technologies for the self-tracking of personal data has blurred the distinction between users and researchers as devices for self-tracking have become more mobile, wearable, and affordable for the mainstream, allowing users to become researchers of their own lives. Yet, having access to more data does not automatically mean people will understand this information, or know how to apply it. The main challenge, therefore, lies in interpreting the data and acting upon the information gained. We have conducted a series of interviews and analyzed concrete examples of self-tracking services, and based on our observations have defined five principles of design research. We believe that when applied to the design process, these principles will ultimately result in self-tracking data that brings more value to users.

Keywords: Self-tracking, Design Research, Human-Centered Design, Quantified Self

DOI: 10.54941/ahfe100296

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