you're reading...

Response to [Personal and private calendar… ] by Tomitsch et al.


This paper takes a look at the use of personal calendar by interviewing and observing people’s behavior in using them over a long period of time. Among the 8 participants, they find that paper calendar is preferred over electronic one. In detail, paper calendars serves as temporal maps, emotional awareness artifacts, personal information management tools, handheld tools, diaries, etc., all constructed by, related to, and comprehended by individual users. The authors conclude that paper calendars are still more popular, possibly due to the fact that paper allows “individual dedication of space to suit the users’ needs”.


What are the roles of personal calendars?

  • As temporal maps: personal calendars represent temporal maps that are constructed by users. Spots on these maps have different characters and meanings to the users, coded both by visual appearance and invisible relations between them and the users.
  • As emotional awareness artifacts: studies about family calendars have already acknowledged the importance of the calendar as an awareness artifact.
  • As personal information management tools
  • As handheld tools
  • As Diaries


I would take away their findings as the ‘personal aspect’ of any calendar systems. This aspect originates from individual users’ subjectivity toward calendar events, such as the importance of such events perceived by users, the need to keep track of one’s schedule, the need to recall certain events, preserving privacy, etc.

Another thought is about seeing the calendar as personal vs. functional (or vs. more). There are certain differences when taking into account the users.


About Xiang 'Anthony' Chen

Making an Impact in Your Life


No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Twitter Updates

%d bloggers like this: