Observation Study: Office Chair

What is it? The standard, stock office chair with a cushion-endowed sitting surface, wheels at the bottom (usually), a low-height backrest, and conveniently-placed hand-rests. Prior assumptions It is hardly interacted with. The user can interact with it through a single operation only: sitting. What is the context in which…

How to make human-friendly everyday things, a very short introduction

Say you were asked to make or remake a piece of furniture, cutlery,  an appliance, or an electronic apparatus. You are perhaps a visual designer: you start aesthetically, exploring the palettes, textures, and patterns that interact with the visual systems…

Music that listens: What is interactivity?

Click here to view the above image in proper scale.  1. Defining Interactivity Chris Crawford argues that many of the mediums that traditionally can be thought of as interactive are in fact not; the opposing actors within them, though they might listen and speak, do not possess the capability…