Unleashing creative writers : situated engagement with mobile narratives
Wiesner, Kevin, Foth, Marcus, & Bilandzic, Mark (2009) Unleashing creative writers : situated engagement with mobile narratives. In Kjeldskov, Jesper, Paay, Jeni, & Viller, Stephen (Eds.) OZCHI 2009 Proceedings : Design: Open 24/7, ACM Digital Library, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne.
The emergence of sophisticated multimedia phones in combination with improvements to the mobile Internet provides the possibility to read texts and stories on mobile handsets. However, the question is, how to adapt stories in order to take advantage of the user’s mobility and create an engaging and appealing experience. To address these new conditions, a Mobile Narrative was created and access to individual chapters of the story was restricted. Authors can specify constraints, such as a location or time, which need to be met by the reader if they want to read the story. This concept allows creative writers of the story to exploit the fact that the reader’s context is known, by intensifying the user experience and integrating this knowledge into the writing process. Interviews with authors and creative writers and two user studies explored the effects of this way of writing on both parties. The paper presents our preliminary research findings discussing this new experience that was found to be exciting and interesting by both sides.
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