An emergent framework for digital memorials

Wendy Moncur, David Kirk

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Memorialization is a ubiquitous human practice, which is increasingly intersecting with our digital lives. It is becoming ever more commonplace to see discussions and examples of digital memorials in research literature, technology shows and art galleries. However, the design space for digital memorials has, to date, been little explored. In this paper, we propose an emergent framework for digital memorials, based around notions of actors, inputs, form and message. The framework is grounded in examples of current memorialization practice, and situated within a contextual understanding of memorials as an emergent digital phenomenon within a networked society. In detailing the framework we highlight features of the design space that can be exploited in the development of bespoke memorial technologies, and identify potential areas of future interest that this framework brings to the fore, such as HCI's engagement with critical concepts of the postself and temporality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Subtitle of host publicationProcesses, Practices, Methods, and Techniques, DIS
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2014
EventDesigning Interactive Systems Conference 2014 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 21 Jun 201425 Jun 2014


ConferenceDesigning Interactive Systems Conference 2014
Abbreviated titleDIS 2014


  • memorialization
  • memorial
  • end of life


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  • Digital Inheritance

    Moncur, W.

    Project: Projects from Previous Employment

  • Introduction: Mortality in design

    Graham, C., Smith, W., Moncur, W. & Hoven, E. V. D., 3 Jan 2018, In: Design Issues. 34, 1, p. 3-14 12 p.

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