annual rings

I’ve worked on the new numuseum interface today, these are the first
sketches. I want to combine the different subjects (e.g. webart,
photographs, etc.) in a scrollable circular interface that functions as a
timeline. The black lines indicate the years (like annual rings in a tree)
and the coloured lines are the subjects. The red line would indicate a
cursor with which to navigate the years and their different products.

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Interface design

Button made out of a zipper

Button made out of a zipper

This week I’ve worked on the interface of my air quality vest. I must say I couldn’t decide on how to solve the design of the button and the actual display.
The ‘button’ is my way to interact with the sensors. By indicating if it smells good or bad. The system will measure and send the air quality values when I use the button. But what should the button look like? Thinking really hard I decided I wanted to somehow duplicate the movements you make in real life if it smell good or bad. So opening or squeezing the nostrils. In clothes I suppose the equivalent would be opening or closing a zipper. And that’s how my ‘button’ has turned out.

A logical but rather boring first step

A logical but rather boring first step

An even bigger challenge is the actual display. How am I going to visualize the sensor data? I took a look at my earlier experiments and actually started build some dummy examples. Some were plain boring, others too far fetched. Then it was easy to see the I’m going to go for the ‘stain’ metaphor. The visual is interesting. I want to line up three circles in different colours. While working I decided to add a scale in silver reflective strip. It’s informative and aesthetical as well.

 

 

 

Dummy example of two 'stains'

Dummy example of two 'stains'

Interface research

As soon as I left the last meeting I started sketching and thinking about ways to work with paper. I will use my findings in the experiments I’ll be doing about low-tech air pollution logging.

I just empties my pockets: there are so many ways to use paper!

I just emptied my pockets: there are so many ways to use paper!

Just some ways to use paper for different type of notations

Some ways to use paper for different type of notations

I also did some research about the wearable interface. As I want an intimate tool, close to the body I found these associations on the web.

mourning-band

mourning-band

goose-flesh

goose-flesh

Feel data

Feel data

Talking about unobtrusive and intimate :)

Talking about unobtrusive and intimate :)

Tiny flocks in my teacup

Tiny flocks in my teacup