What significance might surfaces hold in 2030?

Space Trace

A proposal for an interactive surface developed through experimental design research

Oct 2019 | with Jeremy Hulse, Kukbong Kim, Diggory Rush
Acrylic sheets, fluorescent light


Space Trace is a prototype of a surface that can visualise the traces of its usage, allowing the user to indicate temporary ownership of the space in a shared office environment in 2030. I worked in a multidisciplinary team with an engineer, scientist, and furniture designer. Starting with the theme “international borders”, we conducted an experiment to observe passer-by’s reactions to various borders we marked onto a pavement. While the markings on their own were virtually ineffective in controlling the flow of people, when we placed blocks of wood inside the boundary, all of a sudden it became an object of attention, as if it were some work of contemporary art.
From there we began to explore “territories”, carrying out experiments to test the logic people see in various territorial signs. Furthermore we hypothesised that an effective indication of a territory is someone’s “trace” of their presence, resulting in the final prototype.

I took on the role of graphic recording and facilitating discussions, and designs of presentation material. In the group work, I actively tried to interpret findings and insights from experiments on a deeper level, and compiled the overall narrative and the final presentation.

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