“Design an interactive light that is on, or near, the body”. Work according to an reflective, studio-based, form-giving approach to interaction design.
For me, this was an unusually artistic project. To give it direction, my group set out create an artifact that could: “...allow for mindful breaks in the middle of a busy day”. We took inspiration from meditation and tai chi. We engaged in bodystorming and sketched with paper, materials, electronics, and code. By prototyping the various form-dimensions of interaction design—physical form, temporal form, and interaction gestalt—a concept gradually emerged.
The Glowslow is a lamp that that rewards mindfulness—an alternative to scrolling through apps like Instagram. Keep it in rotation at a calm, steady pace (not too fast!) and the light will pulsate and become increasingly illuminated. Full illumination takes several minutes to achieve and requires the users’ full attention.
By observing people using the GlowSlow at the course exhibition, I saw that the artifact had a strong emotional impact on people. However, as the design process had not been user-centered, there were some usability issues. From this I see strong potential for greater collaboration between studio-based and human-centered design disciplines.