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Interaction Style Toolkit

Interaction Style Toolkit

Design research // digital fabrication
2014

Interactive Technology is implemented in all kinds of objects around us. The beep of a public transportation card when you check in, the speed at which doors automatically open when you approach, .

In order to make these products perform well, down to the last subtle detail, designers have the responsibility to create beautiful, suitable interactions between user and product.

This toolkit was designed to help designers to create products with a ‘soul’. It provides a way to explore how different characters can be translated into the behaviour of product abilities; for example, if you want to design a ‘friendly’ coffee machine, what kind of sound should it make?

 

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OUTPUT modules: Sound, Movement and Light.

OUTPUT modules: Sound, Movement and Light.

The MIND module features two unique bayonet closures on both sides that match up with the shape of the OUTPUT and INPUT modules on each respective side.

The MIND module features two unique bayonet closures on both sides that match up with the shape of the OUTPUT and INPUT modules on each respective side.

SOULS; recognisable through their different ridges and surface features. Two SOULS can be combined to form a hybrid rotary dial that (when inserted into the MIND) controls the character of the prototype.

SOULS; recognisable through their different ridges and surface features. Two SOULS can be combined to form a hybrid rotary dial that (when inserted into the MIND) controls the character of the prototype.

Early sketches of how interaction styles could be prototyped.

Early sketches of how interaction styles could be prototyped.