Mediator and medium: Doors as interruption gateways and aesthetic displays

Jeffrey Nichols*, Jacob O. Wobbrock, Darren Gergle, Jodi Forlizzi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Office doors are more than entrances to rooms, they are entrances to a person's time and attention. People can mediate access to themselves by choosing whether to leave their door open or closed when they are in their office. Doors also serve as a medium for communication, where people can broadcast individual messages to passersby, or accept messages from others who stopped by when the door was closed. These qualities make the door an excellent location for designing solutions that help people better manage their time and attention. In this paper, we present a study of doors, derive design insights from the study, and then realize some of these insights in two cooperating implementations deployed in our workplace.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Subtitle of host publicationProcesses, Practices, Methods, and Techniques, DIS '02
Pages379-386
Number of pages8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
Event4th Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, and Techniques, DIS '02 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 25 2002Jun 28 2002

Other

Other4th Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, and Techniques, DIS '02
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period6/25/026/28/02

Keywords

  • Attention
  • Door
  • Interruption mediation
  • Media spaces
  • Ubiquitous computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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