THIS IS PIXELS

PIXELS - Forgotten Pixels

Amanda Wallgren

BFA Industrial Design

Project information

The smartphone has changed the act of photography by enabling users to whenever and wherever take a photo. Most people are nowadays walking around with thousands of pictures in their phone, pictures that they almost never look at. Photos are keys to our memories, our identity, which is why they are important. Nevertheless, the amount has made it an overwhelming task so sort them and photos are getting lost in the mass. The photos instead get stored away on cloud servers, which is limitless. There they both become forgotten but can also potentially cause unnecessary CO2 emissions, since it takes a lot of electricity to run the datacenters where they are stored. How could we through a new way of handling and interacting with our digital photos increase their emotional value in a way that at the same time makes us aware of our digital consumption?

To tackle this problem a survey and a series of interviews were conducted. Both with potential users, as well as experts within psychology, technology, photo and sustainability in regarding to digitalization. The most significant finding was that the high number of photos is partially caused by the fact that today photos are taken for many different reasons. Some are taken to be kept as a memory while some are only valuable in the moment, such as a photo of a shopping list.

The result of this project is called Pixels and is an alternative to how the ordinary camera and photo album in a phone could function. The concept lets the user together with A.I, already when the photo is taken, separate different types of photos from each other. The user is given the possibility to save and curate important memories, increasing their emotional value, as well as ease the process of getting rid of unnecessary photos causing stress and avoidable CO2 emissions.

Project information

The smartphone has changed the act of photography by enabling users to whenever and wherever take a photo. Most people are nowadays walking around with thousands of pictures in their phone, pictures that they almost never look at. Photos are keys to our memories, our identity, which is why they are important. Nevertheless, the amount has made it an overwhelming task so sort them and photos are getting lost in the mass. The photos instead get stored away on cloud servers, which is limitless. There they both become forgotten but can also potentially cause unnecessary CO2 emissions, since it takes a lot of electricity to run the datacenters where they are stored. How could we through a new way of handling and interacting with our digital photos increase their emotional value in a way that at the same time makes us aware of our digital consumption?

To tackle this problem a survey and a series of interviews were conducted. Both with potential users, as well as experts within psychology, technology, photo and sustainability in regarding to digitalization. The most significant finding was that the high number of photos is partially caused by the fact that today photos are taken for many different reasons. Some are taken to be kept as a memory while some are only valuable in the moment, such as a photo of a shopping list.

The result of this project is called Pixels and is an alternative to how the ordinary camera and photo album in a phone could function. The concept lets the user together with A.I, already when the photo is taken, separate different types of photos from each other. The user is given the possibility to save and curate important memories, increasing their emotional value, as well as ease the process of getting rid of unnecessary photos causing stress and avoidable CO2 emissions.