Interactions you Already Know: Smart Artifacts

By Cezary Gajewski.

Published by The Design Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Research into human-computer interaction is on-going all over the world and is increasingly important as computers become further entrenched in our everyday experiences. Will the news soon be recited by our coffee makers, and our t-shirt be able to act as a GPS to guide us to our destinations? What are the basic needs and wants of users and how can we design smart artifacts that will better address these needs and in so doing, create intuitive interactions between humans and computers? I propose that the most effective way to approach this problem is to examine the problems’ essential parts in an attempt to create new and better solutions. As a result of recent innovations in open source software and hardware such as the Arduino micro-controller and an array of input and output devices, it is possible for a design researcher to make use of these small computers to create and test interactions. This paper will examine the development of interactive solutions from the ground up, from the creation of a multi-disciplinary interactives class that introduced students to this technology for the first time to the design and creation of artifacts that communicate with humans using natural, intuitive means.

Keywords: Industrial Design, Interaction Design, Design Studies, Education

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.369-376. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.796MB).

Cezary Gajewski

Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Design, Industrial Design Division, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Cezary Gajewski (MFA in sculpture, MDes in Industrial Design) is currently an associate professor in the Department of Art and Design. He is interested in the application of computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) and their capabilities in enhancing and altering the design process for the modern designer. Entwining technological and traditional methodologies throughout the design process, he emphasizes the designers’ central role from sketch to prototype. Using the most innovative computer programs and technology available, Cezary aims to seamlessly integrate hardware and software components of human-computer interaction systems.

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