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Form-Giving: Expressing the Nonobvious

Smets, Gerda; Overbeeke, Kees and Gaver, William. 1994. 'Form-Giving: Expressing the Nonobvious'. In: CHI '94. Boston, United States. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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The design of richly informative interfaces would benefit from an account of how visual forms convey information. In this paper we suggest that the study of~orwz-giving in Industrial Engineering might provide a foundation for such an account. We present three studies of designed synesthesia, in which objects’ forms indicate non-visible attributes such as taste or smell. These studies illustrate
the rich possibilities for conveying information with form, possibilities which are routinely exploited in industrial design. We believe that similar opportunities exist for interface design, and that further studies of form-giving may help in taking advantage of them. Results of a student exercise expressing computer metaphors in 3D forms will be discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Identification Number (DOI): 10.1145/259963.260289
Keywords: Interface design, visualization, forgiving, affordances, ecological approaches
Departments, Centres and Research Units: Design
Design > Interaction Research Studio
Event Location: Boston, United States
Item ID: 15104
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2015 12:45
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2016 16:07
URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/15104
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