While interaction design was about buttons & flowcharts a few years back, it is now about conversations & gestures. And tomorrow it might be about scripting artificial lives. So how does design learning counteract such ephemerality? Can the permanence of real world experiences be an answer?
Using real life interactions with furniture in public spaces as a medium, students in the Masters of Product Design program at SPA in Delhi were introduced to concepts of affordance, user engagement, contextual innovation & social consciousness. Each pair of students was assigned an iconic public space of Delhi, and using recycled materials they designed seating experiences as a response to the context of that area. Their design journeys ended in some innovative and socially experimental ideas.
This exercise brought back the fundamentals of physical experience design into digital interaction design. Something that is becoming essential for interaction design education as the physical & digital worlds collide.
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