A design framework for mediated personal relationship devices

Daniel Gooch, Leon Watts

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

9 Citations (Scopus)
69 Downloads (Pure)


Substantial numbers of people carry out intimate relationships at a distance. These people have to utilise a variety of communication technologies in order to maintain their relationship. Although a number of communication technologies have been developed to help maintain an emotional connection between remote couples, there has been no comprehensive consideration of the design space that these technologies are developed within. We present here a proposed design framework for intimate communication devices. The intention is to highlight the decisions designers have to make when coming up with new communication systems and provide a more formalised system for considering the issues involved.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages242
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2011



  • Design Framework
  • Computer Mediated Communication
  • Social Presence
  • Intimate Communication

Cite this