The Digital Era introduces emerging product categories that have evolved around certain habits and concepts. One tendency in the Information Age is recording and storing quantitative and qualitative data based on an individual's life by using lifelogging and activity monitoring devices. Such products, bringing self-observation and autobiographical memory capabilities to an extreme level, have the potential to morph human beings by augmenting and altering their self-understanding through presenting previously non-existent information regarding their lives. The diversity found in this product range is increasing parallel to the growing demand. However, the meaning of these products for human life is rarely discussed. It remains a question whether these personal logs lead to an enriched self-knowledge for their users or not. This study aims to investigate the design principles and the influences of self-tracking products and services on daily life within a socio-technical framework in order to establish a connection between self-tracking by ubiquitous computing devices and the notion of self-concept.
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After graduating from Middle East Technical University, Department of Industrial Design with an honour degree in 2006, Burcu Avcı worked on various interdisciplinary projects with a main focus on exhibition and visual communication design. She contributed to the Virtual Museum of Industrial Design of Turkey: A project initiated by Industrial Designers Society of Turkey. In September 2012 she began her master's degree in Sabanci University on "Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design" with a full scholarship. She assisted several courses including corporate identity design and typography design during her graduate education. She focused on mapping cross-disciplinary dimensions of digital products within her studies. Currently she is working as a product and graphic designer at Co-MADE Multidisciplinary Design Studio based in Istanbul and Paris. Her personal site can be reached from this address: www.burcuavci.com
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