Collaborative Media: Production, Consumption, and Design Interventions

“Collaborative Media” is fundamentally a book about how we design, satirize, reappropriate, and invent over again. It demonstrates why we should focus not so much on the user in the singular, but in the plural. The book is a necessary and warmly recommended scholarly intervention if you want to understand design and collaborative media – but also collaborative media research. (Jussi Parikka).

OVERVIEW – With many new forms of digital media – including such popular social media as Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr – the people formerly known as the audience no longer only consume but also produce and even design media. Jonas Löwgren and Bo Reimer term this phenomenon collaborative media, and in this book they investigate the qualities and characteristics of these forms of media in terms of what they enable people to do. They do so through an interdisciplinary research approach that combines the social sciences and humanities traditions of empirical and theoretical work with practice-based, design-oriented interventions.

Löwgren and Reimer offer analysis and a series of illuminating case studies – examples of projects in collaborative media that range from small multidisciplinary research experiments to commercial projects used by millions of people. Löwgren and Reimer discuss the case studies at three levels of analysis: society and the role of collaborative media in societal change; institutions and the relationship of collaborative media with established media structures; and tribes, the nurturing of small communities within a large technical infrastructure. They conclude by advocating an interventionist turn within social analysis and media design.

Role of technical writers are changing in a collaborative-media world

The Substrate project is based on the premise that collaborative media challenge the practices of technical information. But how do professionals view this challenge? Technical writer Björn Lindh devoted his graduation project in the interaction design master’s program, Malmö University, to this question. Lindh performed in-depth studies through interviews with professional technical writers and frequent contributors to online support fora, as well as a content analysis on an online support forum.

The Computer is a Medium, Not a Tool: Collaborative Media Challenging Interaction Design

Collaborative media entail an emerging set of digitally mediated practices, characterized by collaborative communicative action within organically developing, cross-medial infrastructures. We argue that computers are increasingly turning from tools into (collaborative) media in everyday use, and that this shift poses a significant challenge to the discipline of interaction design. Particularly prominent aspects of the challenge include the way design processes are conceptualized and structured, and the way in which communicative perspectives take precedence over instrumental ones.

Building knowledge around collaborative media design: an interview with Jonas Löwgren

The academic journal Designs for Learning recently published an interview with Medea’s Jonas Löwgren. In the article they discuss the emerging field of collaborative media, the highly cited book Thoughtful Interaction Design and concepts such as experiential qualities, pliability and interactive visualizations. It’s a good read for anyone interested in the challenges lying ahead for interaction design as a discipline.

Read the full interview in Designs for Learning (pdf).

Designing Collaborative Media: A Challenge for CHI?

[PUBLICATION] Collaborative media refers to digital media where people outside the traditional media industries participate in production as well as infrastructural design. Article by Löwgren and Reimer to be presented at the CHI 2012 conference in Austin.

Teknikinformation och kollaborativa medier: nya förutsättningar för teknikinformatörer

Teknikinformation fann sin form för ganska länge sedan, och den formen betyder inte så mycket i dagens medielandskap. “Informationskonsumenterna” får idag svar på sina frågor på många andra sätt än genom teknikinformatörerna. I detta inlägg hittar du en presentation av vart vi är på väg.