Design for Social Innovation through Social Computing
Oeco is the prototype for my final design concept of the office ecosystem. It creates a narrative in a working environment for the experience of belonging. Belonging is a kind of emotion. I choose this direction to explore because I had a vision to bring valuable emotions into physical interfaces. My challenge in this semester is to exemplify a concept starting from a fairly inexplicable psychological feeling to concrete design. The compass of the design process in the absence of a specific client.
Report describes the highlights of 8 stages in my M1.1 semester. Because of the context is difficult to reach, a framework for research is made to guide and evaluate the design decision. The framework is enriched with concepts intrigued by feedback and heuristic discussions. I interviewed the people from office working environment in China to contextualize my concept of belonging about ‘human bonding’ at that stage.
I choose to create comfort zones to engage people in public spaces for the feeling of bonding, and thus the feeling of belonging. In the vision of designing emotional experiences, I created an interactive system using projection to augment the physical spaces, which I believe made the interaction more physical.
Public installations have the opportunity to influence many people due to their location and the vast amount of people that are exposed to them. However, due to lack of interaction these installations might waste this opportunity of creating a rich experience for the people. This paper investigates how interaction with public installations affects its users by evaluating the experience of users while interacting with a specially designed prototype.
The objective of this research project was to explore ways of increasing people’s feeling of inclusion and connectedness in a public space using a public art concept as a medium within the constraints of the project description. A concept using blackboards with an added digital element was developed as a research tool.
Through this process report, the author will explain the inspiration for the project, analysing for example existing concepts and forms of self-expression in public spaces. The journey will then take you through the process of how the concept came into being through rigorous academic research, thought and analyses. The report explains all the relevant aspects of these processes.
Details of and insights on the research methodology results will be found in the Research Paper section of this report