User interface design

User interface design is important because it affects how one interacts with technology. It is a multi-disciplinary skill that includes graphic design, psychology, and also understanding the workflow process and functionality of the product. A good user interface design makes the product easy to use, which results in a remarkably intuitive behaviour on the part …

Interactive 3D display cases

This kind of interactive 3D display is actually a combination of using holography and creating an interactive user interface on a flat glass surface (called “Airstrike” here). The user finger points and interacts through hand gestures with the displayed object through an interactive glass surface. Here is a 45 second concept video of it in …

10 principles of good design – by Dieter Rams

My classmate showed me a book about industrial design “Less and More – The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams” which I thought was pretty interesting. To me, design is art applied to function, i.e. practical concerns. On the other hand, art is design applied to context (the “story/narrative/content” which makes up the purpose of the …

Robotic butt cheeks

My first reaction to “Shiri” (yes, that’s its name) was to giggle. It did not help that there was a picture of a female sex doll in the discussion thread on the same page. But the thing is, “Shiri” is not a sex doll. You cannot perform any sexual functions on it. You can however, …

Bret Victor – Inventing on Principle

This is a one-hour long video uploaded about a month ago. Bret Victor can be described as a professional interaction designer. He designs software interfaces and usability features to make life easier for the people using software tools. Here he talks about inventing on principle – a brilliant talk in my opinion and also judging …

Sound operator GUI

Created this GUI in Pure Data which allows me to playback sound samples and do some live effects, such as reverb and equalizer balance. There’s also features like fade in/out, spatialization of sound, stop/pause/play, skipping to any track position and speeding up/ slowing down the sound playback. It’s still a little buggy and not perfect …

Sixth Sense – wearable gestural interface

A wearable device that interfaces the virtual with the physical world. A camera tracks your finger gestures via coloured finger caps as input to the computer. A projector then projects onto any surface the output of  your actions, whether it is the information on a book you are holding, an image of a watch with …

Mobile Mobile: an interactive installation

  One would never equate mobile phones with the idea of a choir right? The two things just don’t seem to match. But James Theophane did exactly that. Commissioned by an interactive agency in London, Theophane re-interpreted the idea of a Christmas tree as the focal point in a communal space. He came up with …