Aesthetics // Design research // Material Expressions
If interaction design as a form-giving practice comprise the three form elements: physical form, temporal form, and interaction gestalt the temporal form element is by far the lesser understood.
The temporal form (in interaction design) can be seen as the pattern of the state changes that the computer will produce. It can be a recursive algorithm, it can be simultaneous, asynchronous, carry meaningful information, be random, etc. The computations become something we give form—temporal form.
In this project we begin to explore the expressional qualities of temporal forms. Through a series of design experiments, we investigate the relation between simplified compositions of states and transitions and how they can become expressions through different kinds of movements. We aim to identify some of the qualities of temporal forms as means to grasp on this immaterial form component. Find videos of the different temporal forms here.
Publication: Vallgårda, Anna, Morten Winther, Nina Mørch, & Edit Emese Vizer. 2015. Temporal Form in Interaction Design. International Journal of Design. 9, 3. 1-15. Available here.
The three setups with stepper motor, shape memory alloys, and servo motors
Using Shape Memory Alloys
Using stepper and servo motors