The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Interaction Design
I take it back…I was a little unmoved by Matt Webb’s playsh at ETech 2006 and conceded I might not have fully grasped the implications of his work, but after reading Schulze & Webb’s recent The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Interaction Design, I’m really taken with Matt’s approach to design 🙂
Some of the mind-bending observations and illustrative product ideas include…
- A self-powered scanner that breaks down scanned documents organically and uses the resulting methane to power a turbine.
- Designing around experiential acts, than enrich moments of engagement – the anticipation of receiving and opening a parcel rather than simply receiving a gift.
- The experience hooks intersecting with the ownership of books, that lift services like Amazon above a simple bookstore.
- The notion of thresholds as an important moment in the experience of a product, such as unboxing a new Apple product.
- The value of simple being and expressing friendship and sociality rather than carrying out the discrete acts of friendship.
- The social letterbox printer, that allows family members and close friends to print items of interest directly into your home…a compliment to a regular printer, that acts more like an internet family-fax 🙂
- The parallels drawn between sport and cleaning up, leading to products such as vacuum cleaners that emulate picking up pills like Pacman, along with a built in high-score table of the best players!
Though much of this is understood intuitively, a vocabulary that defines and qualifies the underlying design patterns is immensely useful…expect to see Carbon experimenting with some of these approaches shortly. First up mee:view…
‘…an actor in your social life and life with media, and is helping
along something that wants to happen already: You want to have a
relationship with a soap opera; you want to discuss TV with your
friends tomorrow. These are the important moments of engagement a VCR is participating in, and we should focus on those, not the fact it is incidentally being used to record broadcast programming…’