THE SHAPE OF LIGHT: AN INTERACTIVE APPROACH TO SMART MATERIALS

DS 80-9 Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 15) Vol 9: User-Centred Design, Design of Socio-Technical systems, Milan, Italy, 27-30.07.15

Year: 2015
Editor: Christian Weber, Stephan Husung, Gaetano Cascini, Marco CantaMESsa, Dorian Marjanovic, Monica Bordegoni
Author: Piselli, Agnese (1,2); Garbagnoli, Paola (1,2); Cavarretta, Giorgia (1); Del Curto, Barbara (1,2)
Series: ICED
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Section: User-Centred Design, Design of Socio-Technical Systems
Page(s): 219-228
ISBN: 978-1-904670-72-8
ISSN: 2220-4334

Abstract

The research is focused on designing interactive products, in particular on the process that leads to the conception of innovative interfaces. The interfaces discussed are tangible interfaces, which exploit their physicality and their material characteristics as input and output mechanisms in the human-product interaction process.

The objective of the research is to investigate the use of interaction design methodologies in the design of Smart Material Interfaces: interactive tangible products consisting primarily of smart materials.

The overlapping between the discipline of interaction design and the world of smart materials generates new design opportunities. Thanks to this overlapping, objects of daily use become able to convey information through their physical properties and use the material they are made as a communicative medium.

The paper is divided in three parts. The first part investigates the role of materials in interaction design, the second part presents the brief of the research and the third one reports an experimental workshop conducted in order to elaborate new interactive metaphors for lighting design.

Keywords: Collaborative Design, User Centred Design, Design Methodology, Human Behaviour In Design, Participatory Design

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