Work in Progress 2016

Objects of Affect / Affect of Objects

Presented at the Royal College of Art, School of Communication, Work in Progress show 2016.


This experiment was presented as part of an on going project into vibration and haptic design.

A series of boxes provides a range of vibrations, the audience becomes participant as they match these vibrations to different feelings via a series of stamps.

I designed this experiment to uncover how vibration can act as an expressive quality of an object.


My question was 'Can an object's behaviour (in this case vibration) create rich and meaningful interactions?'. Here vibration is elevated to an expressive language, to be understood, explored and experienced.


My aim is to develop a critical mass of knowledge around this form of object behaviour, to enable its integration into a range of design contexts, enriching the experience of the interaction.

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