Story Shell: the participatory design of a bespoke digital memorial

Wendy Moncur, Miriam Julius, Elise van den Hoven, David Kirk

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This paper describes the participatory process involved in designing a bespoke, tangible, digital memorial – Story Shell - with a bereaved parent. We drew on an emergent framework for digital memorials in considering who should author and experience the memorial, what content should be included, what form the memorial should take, and what message it was intended to convey. A key finding was that the participatory design process itself served as a memorial, by presenting opportunities for the participant to share detailed memories of their loved one. Reflections on the process deliver insights for makers and analysts on how to work in sensitive design spaces, where there is a need to consider not only an object’s form but also its situation within a delicate social context.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th Participatory Innovation Conference PIN-C 2015
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2015
Event4th Participatory Innovation Conference PIN-C 2015 - Den Haag, Netherlands
Duration: 18 May 201518 May 2015


Conference4th Participatory Innovation Conference PIN-C 2015
Abbreviated titlePIN-C 2015
CityDen Haag


  • digital memorial


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  • 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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