TOOLS: Arduino microntroller, various sensors and actuators, various hand tools
This project explores the (re)design of domestic products that promote reflection on and attachment to everyday things and our experiences with these things. This work aims to develop theoretical and practical approaches to design that encourages more enduring and sustainable relationships with particular products or discourages thoughtless consumption of products in general.
+ AMPLIFYING THE HISTORIES OF THINGS
Objects that Count is a series of products augmented with small numerical displays--or counters--and various sensors in order to record and display simple histories of use. The simple and direct communication of mundane use-histories is intended to invite reflection on the relationship between short- and long-term experiences with the objects. These Objects that Count invite an individual to reflect on her or his experience and existence with everyday useful things--things typically designed and used purely as means towards functional ends.
+ AMPLIFYING THE AGENCY OF THINGS
Animate Objects is a series of products that have been redesigned to (mis)use their functionality to help express their needs and desires. These Animate Objects invite use of their functionality by means tangential to their core functionality and inhibit use of their functionality by subverting their core functionality. In doing so, individuals are invited to interpret and reflect on these objects as possessing human-like needs and desires--rather than treating them as purely functional.
Pierce, J. (2009, April). Material Awareness: Designing for Reflection on Everyday Materiality. In Extended Abstracts of CHI '09, Boston, MA. CHI '09. ACM Press, New York, NY.