In Fall 2000, the School of Design offered a course to communication
design and industrial design students for a semester-long
project called "Family Lifebooks," sponsored in
part by IBM's Advanced Internet Technology Group.
The project focused on exploring the creation,
maintenance and display of "lifebooks"
for children and adults. A lifebook brings information to
people's lives in new ways, utilizing both user interface
(UI) as well as physical components of several devices. Most
importantly, it changes the current experience of sharing
memories, family histories and family stories.
Lifebooks could be collections of images, video,
stories, school records, medical records or records of meaningful
The semester was divided into six "mini-projects"
that articulated and reinforced elements of the design process.