Move Closer: Towards Design Patterns To Support Initiating Social Encounters

Robb Mitchell, Laurens Boer

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This paper offers four inspirational design patterns concerned with reducing inhibitions for unacquainted co-located people to interact. These patterns identify impediments to interpersonal contact in relation to the distances between people and present diverse examples of how these challenges may be addressed. Each inspirational design pattern offers strategies to make social interaction more likely through enabling, encouraging or excusing people to move closer together. The patterns are "Feel For Fun", "Conjoining Self Images", "Eye To Eye", and "Nudge People Together". Articulating possible approaches for increasing conviviality may broaden the repertoire of developers concerned with social settings and collaboration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems : CHI EA '17
Number of pages6
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date6 May 2017
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-4656-6
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2017


  • Collaboration
  • Design patterns
  • Social icebreaking

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