Date of Award

5-2011

Embargo Period

3-28-2012

Degree Name

Master of Design (MDes)

Department

Design

Advisor(s)

John Zimmerman

Abstract

Collecting is a fascinating area of human experience. Collections are used to express the collector’s knowledge and experience, as well as reveal their extended identity. The emergence of computing systems creates good opportunities for collectors to significantly increase the number of people they can share their collections with. Surprisingly, few tools exist that support the process of displaying and organizing collections and the stories they hold.

This project is about discovering how collectors could further construct their collections in a virtualized version to preserve the rich experience behind their collections, share more knowledge and beauty with people, and present an image of their self in terms of their collections. A website is designed which allows collectors to track long-term collecting activities, create relevant metadata online, discover internal connections between items or sets, and share more information with a larger audience.

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