Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Two Worlds Apart: Bridging the Gap Between Physical and Virtual Media for Distributed Design Collaboration

Katherine M. Everitt, Scott R. Klemmer, Robert Lee and James A. Landay

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/CSD-02-1201
2003

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2002/CSD-02-1201.pdf

A tension exists between designers¿ comfort with physical artifacts and the need for effective remote collaboration: physical objects live in one place. Previous research and technologies to support remote collaboration have focused on shared electronic media. Current technologies force distributed teams to choose between the physical tools they prefer and the electronic communication mechanisms available. We present Distributed Designers¿ Outpost, a remote collaboration system based on The Designers¿ Outpost, a collaborative web site design tool that employs physical Post-it notes as interaction primitives. We extended the system for synchronous remote collaboration and introduced two awareness mechanisms: transient ink input for gestures and a blue shadow of the remote collaborator for presence. We informally evaluated this system with six professional designers. Designers were excited by the prospect of physical remote collaboration but found some coordination challenges in the interaction with shared artifacts.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Everitt:CSD-02-1201,
    Author = {Everitt, Katherine M. and Klemmer, Scott R. and Lee, Robert and Landay, James A.},
    Title = {Two Worlds Apart: Bridging the Gap Between Physical and Virtual Media for Distributed Design Collaboration},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {2003},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2003/6191.html},
    Number = {UCB/CSD-02-1201},
    Abstract = {A tension exists between designers¿ comfort with physical artifacts and the need for effective remote collaboration: physical objects live in one place. Previous research and technologies to support remote collaboration have focused on shared electronic media. Current technologies force distributed teams to choose between the physical tools they prefer and the electronic communication mechanisms available. We present Distributed Designers¿ Outpost, a remote collaboration system based on The Designers¿ Outpost, a collaborative web site design tool that employs physical Post-it notes as interaction primitives. We extended the system for synchronous remote collaboration and introduced two awareness mechanisms: transient ink input for gestures and a blue shadow of the remote collaborator for presence. We informally evaluated this system with six professional designers. Designers were excited by the prospect of physical remote collaboration but found some coordination challenges in the interaction with shared artifacts.}
}

EndNote citation:

%0 Report
%A Everitt, Katherine M.
%A Klemmer, Scott R.
%A Lee, Robert
%A Landay, James A.
%T Two Worlds Apart: Bridging the Gap Between Physical and Virtual Media for Distributed Design Collaboration
%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 2003
%@ UCB/CSD-02-1201
%U http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2003/6191.html
%F Everitt:CSD-02-1201