Contemporary modes of communication increasingly involve the user directly. Interface and user experience design are key elements within creative practice as today’s social and cultural fabric becomes ever more entwined with interactivity and personal immersion. Beneath the myriad of screens and gadgetry lies ‘information’. Information architecture — the organisation, categorization and structure of content — is the key system that allows a user to navigate and engage with interactive world.
This project will allow you to engage with key stages in the interactive design process. Through data organisation, prototyping, user testing and iteration you will investigate the creative potential of user experience design and the broader dynamics of immersive interaction.
For this project you are required identify and research a specific subject area.
You will then analyse and organise your content, and develop a concept for an interactive experience.
You will be encouraged to think beyond a conventional screen based interface.
I have started my research by browsing the internet to find what type of interactive designs are existing, that’s how I’ve found an interactive music poster called The Taste of Sound. I’ve never seen something like that and I really wanted to create my own interactive poster.
The challenge was not designing a poster, but making it interactive. A company called Bare Conductive created a special ink which conduct’s electricity and they created a Touch Board with 12 sensors to interact with the ink. By connecting the ink to the touch board, the sensors would be active, every time a conductive material touches the ink.
I could paint whatever I want, connect it to one of the sensors and by touching the ink the sensor will activate and play any assigned sound or music. I could have even build a music player with 12 tracks.
Initially I was thinking to build an MP3 player poster, I imagined it like an advertising for a new album and by touching the song titles it would play them, the only problem with this, was that I couldn’t set up a pause, stop, previous or next button and without these elements it was difficult to achieve what I wanted.
The second idea was to create an instrument, something like drums or a piano in the form of a poster.
I can imagine a series of these posters in bus or metro station and playing on them while waiting.
The final design is a minimal piano with six playable keys. I also created two other designs, a guitar and a violin as an example that this technology can be used with any instruments.
I imagine a series of posters with different musical instruments, displayed on places like bus or metro stations where people can interact with them while they are waiting.