In this talk I will describe an in-depth study into how people (adults and young people) use their camera phones. Using a combined method of interviews and grounded discussions around a sample of actual photos, we look at people's intentions at the time of capture, subsequent patterns of use, and desires for future technology. The result is a 6-part taxonomy which provides a framework for describing the way images are used both for sharing and personal use, and for affective (or emotional) reasons and functional use. On the basis of this framework, we discuss the value of camera phones and point to ways in which future design may encourage its emerging value.
Abigail Sellen is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research in Cambridge as part of a new group called the Interactive Systems Group. Abi did an M.A.Sc. in Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, an M.A. in Psychology, and a Ph.D in Cognitive Science with Don Norman at the University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining Microsoft she spent 6 years at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Bristol, 7 years at Xerox's research lab in Cambridge UK and has also worked at the MRC Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge, Xerox PARC, U. of Toronto, Apple Computer, and Bell Northern Research. She has published on a variety of topics to do with the design of technology including: reading, paper use, Web use, on-line help, videoconferencing, human memory, computer input, and information capture. Her latest book, "The Myth of the Paperless Office" (MIT Press), was co-written with Richard Harper and is about the future of paper in the digital age.