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The Daily You - diary mirror: Usage scenario

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Published on May 12, 2011

The Daily You - unconscious diary mirror
When one looks at this mirror, it automatically and unknowingly captures single snap of the user per day. One snap per day, 365 snaps for one year, 3,650 snaps for 10 years and so on. As time goes on, it will be capturing user's most natural, unpackaged looking every single day. It is a visual trigger that writes visual diary for you, records the "you" that you may not notice in the repeated everyday life.

What's designed in this project is time rather than the physical object. The quality here is that the value appears when time has passed rather than the moment of using it. It captures the now that is composed of the past, but presents the now in the future. The distance between the now and the past generates spaces for the one to reflect something about "me" in a specific moment in the past. For example, when you see a random self-portrait on the mirror that was one day in the morning six years ago, the true expression, the makeup, the clothes, the light, the change of interior decoration, every detail is a visual stimulus for you to reflect something about yourself in that specific day. When it comes to that time, it would be the moment that makes ordinary life extraordinary.

"The daily you is a single slice of your whole history.
The daily you is the exclusive portrait that describes what you did, what you experienced in that specific day.
The daily you is the one and only personal quality that belongs to you, forever.
Time never stops, yet everyday you is timeless."

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Usage scenario video of MA thesis' practical application. For academic research use only. Non commercial purpose.

Project title: Extraordinary in Ordinary
Practical design application: The Daily You - diary mirror
Director: Albert Chengsyun Tang
Cast: Guang, Yang
Music: Long Last Penpal by Hello Saferide

Dept. of Design, Visual Communication
KHiB, Bergen National Academy of the Arts
Kunsthøgskolen i Bergen

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