B.A thesis with Agnese Laguzzi
Ours is a family of objects so they are designed following the same criteria: they have a base, a central structure and a upper part that is the main interaction area.The base was designed not to be held so that we could observe people moving toward the object better.The structures have difference handle, colored as the upper part, to make people understand that objects are not sculptures and they can touch them.The upper parts have different graphics on the neoprene linked to the sense.So we give people many clues to understand what to do with the objects.The hardest to design was smell because human beings never smell a shape but they always approach something that already has a particular smell.
It was an experimental work so we had to test our final designs and we decided to exhibit them in Piazza della Maddalena and ask pedestrians apparently a simple question:"What is the first gesture you would do with that object?".We could observe differences between italian people and foreigners and between common people and designers testing our designs.
Italian people usually talk about objects instead of making gestures.On the contrary foreigners are very open to try them.FInally designers can easily reed all the formal clues we gave to the objects.