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We used several concepts, theory and methods introduced in class as well as drew inspiration from readings.

Principles of Calm Technology.

Case, Amber. Calm technology: principles and patterns for non-intrusive design. “ O’Reilly Media, Inc.”, 2015

There are benefits of using ambient displays to encourage people to adhere to certain kinds of desired behaviors, where there is a choice, such as washing hands or not, eating healthy or unhealthy snacks… ” 

In designing this cube, we wanted an object to nudge you to open up to new people with the feeling of obligation or long term commitment.


The Design of Enchantment - Part III.

David Rose (2014) Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire and The Internet of Things, Scribner.

That's why the doorbell is so simple and intuitive. The sound channel works in your cognitive periphery. You recognize who is on the way home without even trying… ” 

Our current technological landscape is very demanding, and it doesn’t have to be. We designed the cube to be embedded at the periphery of our conscious allowing us to live with deeper (but not overwhelming) context to the state of the world around us.  



Yo-Yo Machines.

Yo–Yo Machines are playful communication devices that let friends and family send one another nonverbal, expressive signals like lights, sounds or simple mechanical movements.

Interaction Research Studio, Goldsmiths, University of London


Paper Signals.

Isaac Blankensmith @ Google Creative Lab

These are little paper displays to track things like weather, currency, and rocket launches. They don’t have a screen or buttons, so you control them talking to them.


Goodnight Lamp.

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, London-based industrial & interaction designer

Turn a Big Lamp on and Little Lamps which you’ve given away turn on too. Anywhere in the world. Use the Good Night Lamp to tell a loved one, ‘I’m thinking of you’ or ‘call me when you get home’.


Love Cube.

Jean, Founder and CEO

Send photos, love notes, drawings or stickers with an app. The heart spins when your loved one receives a message.

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